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Japan – Demand for foreign workers up amid rising tourism

24 November 2014

Demand for foreign workers has been strong in Japan over the past few years, following a rise in the number of foreign tourists and a growing number of Japanese companies expanding their business abroad, reports Kyodo News

Globalpower, a Tokyo-based staffing agency that specialises in the placement...

Malaysia – Number of foreign workers must be reduced, says Human Resources Minister

24 November 2014

The number of foreign workers in Malaysia has to be reduced, according to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot, reports The Borneo Post

Quoting figures from Malaysia’s Statistics Department, he said that 6.7 million of the more than 30 million people residing in Malaysia are foreigners,...

UAE – Pilot project to train and test foreign construction workers launched

24 November 2014

A pilot project has been launched to train and test the skills of 2,500 construction sector workers before they enter the UAE, according to the country’s Ministry of Labour (MoL), reports emirates247.com

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, said: “The 2,500 workers will be recruited randomly from...

Australia – CFOs report strong job satisfaction

24 November 2014

Australia’s financial leaders are happier in their roles than they’ve ever been, with job satisfaction leading the majority of Chief Financial Officers (CFO) to want to remain in their role for the long term, according to the Michael Page Global Insights CFO and Financial Leadership Barometer.


Malaysia – SEEK completes acquisition of JobStreet

21 November 2014

Australian job board SEEK (SEK: ASX) announced today that SEEK Asia, a majority owned subsidiary, has finalised the acquisition of 100% of the online employment business of Malaysia-headquartered JobStreet.

The total consideration paid by SEEK Asia was MYR 1.89 billion (USD 586 million).

SEEK plans to...

Singapore – Bosses open to upping re-employment age, business groups more wary

21 November 2014

Despite warnings from business groups that the legislation could raise employers’ costs, companies have shown a general acceptance of new legislation to raise the re-employment age from 65 to 67 in early 2016, reports The Straits Times

Under the Retirement and Re-employment Act (2012), employers...

Korea – Thousands of temporary workers strike, demanding permanent jobs

21 November 2014

Approximately 20,000 non-regular school workers launched a two-day strike yesterday citing unfair employment practices and demanding to be hired as full-time staff, reports The Korea Herald

The workers, who make up about 30% of the three major unions for contract school workers nationwide, are...

World – Randstad partners with Williams launches Formula One engineering academy

21 November 2014

Formula One (F1) race team Williams have partnered with existing sponsor Randstad to launch a new engineering academy in a bid to nurture the next generation of F1 engineers. The scheme will see Williams mentor up to 10 students each year in a long-term extra-curricular programme. 

The Randstad Williams...

India – Government’s focus on jobs positively impacting jobs market

20 November 2014

Online recruitment across India increased by +16% in October, compared with the same month last year, according to the Monster Employment Index.

The employment index for October 2014 was 144, down from 153 in September 2014, but up strongly compared with an index of 124 during October 2013. The Monster...

Japan – Business lobby to call on companies to raise wages

20 November 2014

The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, will encourage wage increases in its guidelines for management when the annual spring labour negotiations begin next year, reports asia.nikkei.com

The Federation aims to draw on corporation, individuals, and local commerce to support corporate activities...