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China – Another US company accused of labour violations

16 October 2013

In the run-up to their busiest and most profitable time of year, US-based labour rights group, China Labour Watch, has accused toy giant Mattel of labour violations at supplier factories in China, including failure to pay adequate wages, reports the South China Morning Post.This marks the second...


Japan – Prime Minister vows to deliver higher wages

16 October 2013

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to create a virtuous circle of higher employment and spending and boost Japan’s role in global security, while giving few details on measures to spur investment and competitiveness, reports businessweek.com.Mr Abe’s speech at the opening of the Japanese parliamen...


Saudi Arabia – Ten interesting facts about Saudi employment law

16 October 2013

Navigating the employment laws of foreign countries can prove challenging and can be fraught with many potential pitfalls. A guide has been produced that provides a concise overview of the main points of Saudi Arabian employment law by XpertHR. The government pursues a policy of ‘Saudisation...


New Zealand – Air New Zealand seeks to recruit foreign workers after mass layoffs

16 October 2013

New Zealand’s Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) is ‘absolutely stunned’ that Air New Zealand is applying to employ foreign aircraft engineers in the wake of more than 300 layoffs across the airline and its subsidiaries, reports stuff.co.nz.The EPMU was asked to give feedback on...


Australia – Freelancer leadership to retain control after IPO

15 October 2013

Freelancer.com founder Matt Barrie and his leadership team will maintain almost complete control over the company after the company’s IPO, with the firm’s prospectus revealing plans to issue shares for just 6.9% of the company, reports businessinspector.com.au.The IPO prospectus values Freel...


Qatar – Recruitment agreement signed with 30 countries

15 October 2013

Qatar has signed recruitment agreements with 30 countries in order to source manpower for the current infrastructure projects boom, according to constructionweekonline.com. The announcement was made during the opening of the Grand Mall Hypermarket in Mesaimeer.His Excellency Abdullah Saleh Mubara...


India – Jobs numbers up +9% in Q2

15 October 2013

New jobs generated in the country surged by about +9% during the second quarter of the current financial year, as companies continued to hire, reported the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).During the three months between July and September 2013, an additional 136,0...


Australia – Ambition Group announces CFO appointment

15 October 2013

Australia –based boutique recruitment business Ambition Group (AMB: AU) announced the appointment of Peter O’Donovan as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr O’Donovan initially joined the business as interim Chief Financial Officer in June 2013.Ambition Group CEO Guy Day announced in the com...


Malaysia – Employers increasingly turning to contract workers

14 October 2013

Employers are increasingly choosing to hire contract staff and outsource work instead of recruiting permanent employees, according to online job board MyStarJob, reports The Star. Something that MyStarJob believes indicates that employment models have changed.     Serm Te...


Thailand – Heidrick & Struggles teams up to offer emerging talent programme

14 October 2013

Recruitment firm Heidrick & struggles has teamed up with five other international companies to launch an Emerging Talent Alliance Programme (ETAP) in Thailand, reports nationmultimedia.com. The programme is aimed at providing local high-potential employees with more exposure to dynamic work e...