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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...


China – 51job Inc. regains Nasdaq compliance with appointment

18 March 2013

Chinese HR provider 51job Inc. (JOBS:NSQ) today announced the appointment of Li-Lan Cheng as an independent director and a member of the audit committee, helping the company regain Nasdaq compliance.Mr Cheng is the chief operating officer of E-House (China) Holdings Limited, a real estate service...


Nigeria – Oil firms not complying with contract staffing rules

18 March 2013

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has called on the government to review current labour law as some companies in the oil and gas sector fail to comply with rules on contract staffing, local media reports.Chika Onuegbu from the TUC said that contracting workers in this industry poses a cha...


Hong Kong – Unemployment remains flat

18 March 2013

Unemployment in Hong Kong remained flat at 3.4% in the three months to February, following strong demand for labour around the end-of-year holidays and the Chinese New Year, the Census and Statistics Department said today.Analysts from Dow Jones Newswire had expected the seasonally adjusted unemp...


China – Pay hikes expected in 2013

18 March 2013

Salary levels in China are projected to rise this year as GDP growth is expected to remain stable in 2013 with job hoppers being able to pocket pay increases of up to 25%, a survey by Robert Walters found. People who remain in their jobs can still anticipate a pay increase, albeit at a lower leve...


Around the web – More Japanese graduates find jobs

18 March 2013

The majority of graduates from Japanese universities received job offers in February with numbers rising to 81.7%, an increase of +1.2% from a year ago. The Japan Times reports that government data points to improved labour market conditions for graduates as the amount of university leavers findi...


Australia – Staffing industry achieves greater work safety

15 March 2013

Temporary  agency workers in the state of Victoria, Australia, are continuing to work more safely than ever before, according to the latest WorkSafe report on  Labour Hire Claims Performance. This looked at claims made by agency workers, also known as “on-hired workers”.The report showe...