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Singapore – Policy on foreigners must be sustainable

30 October 2013

Addressing a gathering of French business in Paris, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong advised that Singapore has to manage the complex issue of foreign workers and immigration carefully, reports the Strait Times.It has to be done in a way that is "sustainable over the long term for our society,...


Malaysia – English language skills a recruitment barrier

30 October 2013

Employment prospects for graduates in Malaysia who are not proficient in English remain dim, reports to The Star. Many graduates lack the skills to speak and write in English, which is resulting in job vacancies; particularly in the digital, marketing, and creative sectors, to go unfilled.Reema B...


Japan – Outsourcing Inc. reports Q3 growth

29 October 2013

Japanese firm Outsourcing Inc. (2427: JP) reported revenue for the third quarter ending 30 September 2013 of JPY 33.6 billion (USD 344.1 million), an increase of +8% compared with JPY 31.1 billion (USD 318.5 million) for the same period last year.The company reported an operating income for the p...


World – Temporary employment – a global economic engine

29 October 2013

During 2011 there were 46 million people working in a temporary capacity, the equivalent of 12.4 million full time workers, according to the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett). They were employed by 140,000 private employment agencies that operated in 179,000 branc...


Japan – Strong labour market drives spending

29 October 2013

A stronger labour market is driving gains in consumer spending, which suggests that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to beat deflation with government spending and aggressive monetary easing are making progress, reports South China Morning Post.Consumer spending in Japan jumped last month as s...


South America – Is Latin America the new Asia?

29 October 2013

Whilst most recruitment companies have traditionally favoured Asia for overseas expansion, Latin America is increasingly being viewed as a viable option. That’s according to the recent Rest of the World forum hosted by APSCo and sponsored by Goldenhill International, which informed staffing compa...


Dubai – Labour market optimism on the rise

29 October 2013

Dubai’s consumers are very optimistic about the labour market and are anticipating better job opportunities in the coming 12 months, according to the quarterly consumer confidence survey conducted by the Department of Economic Development (DED) for the third quarter of 2013, reports Gulf News.Whi...


Japan – Refugees given jobs instead of charity

28 October 2013

With applications for refugee status reaching record levels, a number of Japanese businesses are providing employment and training to people forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, with emphasis on genuine vocational opportunities rather than charity, reports the Japan Times...


Oman – Ministry cracks down on expatriate hire in some sectors

28 October 2013

The Ministry of Manpower will stop issuing visas to non-Omani workers employed in construction and cleaning sectors for a period of six months, effective from 1 November 2013, reports the Times of Oman.The Ministry of Manpower has disseminated Item 4 of Article 19 of the Labour Law issued by Roya...


Nepal – Government halts work approval for low wage jobs in Malaysia

28 October 2013

The Nepalese government has stopped issuing work approval to prospective migrant workers who are not able to produce employment contract letters guaranteeing the minimum wage set by the Malaysian government, reports ekantipur.com.On 1 January 2013 the Malaysian government announced a mi...