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Philippines – Infrastructure projects fuel job opportunities in Hong Kong

21 March 2013

Job opportunities will open this year for migrant workers from the Philippines in Hong Kong’s infrastructure industry, the Philippine department of labor and employment said in a statement.“Massive infrastructure developments taking place in Hong Kong this year will open career opportunities for...


Middle East – Professionals expect higher costs

21 March 2013

The latest Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) Survey, carried out by job board Bayt.com, shows that local residents expect the cost of living to increase in the coming year despite their financial positions not having improved.In the UAE, only 22% of respondents c...


Asia – Adecco expands across region

20 March 2013

Swiss staffing giant Adecco today announced its expansion across Asia with the launch of a network of information technology and engineering specialty recruitment offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.The firm will expand through its subsidiary Spring Professional. Under...


Australia – Bluestone director absence following corruption inquiry

20 March 2013

International recruitment specialist Bluestone Global Limited (ASX: BUE) today announced that non-executive director Andrew Poole has requested leave of absence from his duties, following a current public inquiry of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).Bluestone ch...


South Africa – Workers benefit from higher pay hikes

20 March 2013

South African workers can expect higher pay rises than workers worldwide over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Grant Thornton. But it is questionable whether this situation is sustainable given current global economic conditions.The International Business Report found that a surprisin...


Japan – Recruit Holdings to issue credit cards

20 March 2013

Staffing company Recruit Holdings Co. announced a partnership with JCB Co. and Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos Co. to issue its own credit cards starting on 30 May 2013. According to a press release, both credit card companies will offer the so-called “Recruit Card”.This allows users to earn 1.2 points for...


Singapore – Job flexibility scheme should not be abused

19 March 2013

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) in Singapore has urged employers to be “reasonable" when introducing the Job Flexibility Scheme, which allows foreign workers across the services sector to work across different job functions within the same firm.The scheme was first implemented in t...


Philippines – Lifting ban sparks worries about illegal recruiters

19 March 2013

Filipino politician Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged the government this week to crack down on illegal recruiters after a ban has been lifted on Filipino workers to work in Iraq and Yemen, local media reports.  Mr Marcos said that the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) should publish the...


Brazil – Labour market expected to deteriorate

19 March 2013

Labour market conditions in Brazil are expected to worsen in the coming months despite unemployment falling to a record-low last year.  The jobless rate in 2012 fell to 5.5%, down from 6.0% a year ago, as more companies retained workers and wages overall increased.But an employment indicator...


Around the web – Japanese temporary workers still anxious following labour reform

19 March 2013

The reform of the labour contract act in Japan last year could increase job insecurity, the Japan Times writes. The changes to the law are due to come into force at the start of next month and sets out that workers employed on fixed-term contracts for five years must be given indefinite employmen...