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New Zealand – Non-payment of Filipino carpenters a genuine mistake, says Adecco

5 August 2014

A group of Filipino carpenters recruited by the largest staffing firm in the world, Adecco, to work on the rebuild of earthquake hit Christchurch had no work when they arrived and had to rely on charity to get by, reports stuff.co.nz.Adecco is reported to have promised fulltime jobs to a group of...


Saudi Arabia – Ministry wants billions for labour reform

5 August 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry is asking the government to spend SAR 14.9 billion (USD 4 billion) annually on labour market reform, the Ministry advised in a report, according to The Peninsula Qatar.The figure was contained in the Ministry’s annual statistical report for 2013. The goal of labour...


India – Companies to recruit more temporary workers to save on wages and image

4 August 2014

Indian companies will continue to use more temporary workers as they are wary of the negative impact redundancies can have on their corporate image, according to a report in the Hindustan Times,. As the Indian economy shows signs of recovery, businesses are exercising caution by increasing tempor...


New Zealand – Raft of new labour-hire companies causing concern

4 August 2014

The raft of new labour-hire companies that have sprung up in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011 has prompted concern from unions and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), reports stuff.co.nz.As the reconstruction builds momentum, at least 17 new labour...


Australia – Tentative improvement in the labour market

4 August 2014

There were +4.2% more jobs advertised across Australia during July 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank’s job advertisement survey. Compared with last month, the number of jobs advertised increased by +0.3%, this follows a month-on-month rise...


Fiji – Minister for Labour warns against rogue overseas recruiters

4 August 2014

The Fijian Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment is warning members of the public not to associate with any employment agencies, people, or groups collecting money with the guarantee of providing employment in the United States, reports The Jet Newspaper.Jone Usamate, Minister f...


Singapore – Minister says country must stay the course on labour market restructure

4 August 2014

Singapore must stay the course on its [labour market] restructuring journey, even though it may not be a painless or instant one, according to Lim Swee Say, a Cabinet Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, reports The Straits Times.The...


Australia – Ashley Services Group announces IPO date

1 August 2014

Privately-owned training, recruitment, and labour hire company Ashley Services Group lodged its prospectus with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission today after raising AUD 98.5 million (USD 91.7 million) through brokers Evans & Partners and Canaccord Genuity, reports The Austr...


Singapore – New labour law risks tarnishing country’s business-friendly image

1 August 2014

From today, large and medium-sized companies looking to hire workers with a monthly salary below SGD 12,000 (USD 9,625) must advertise vacancies on a government-run job board that is only available to Singapore citizens and permanent residents, reports thestar.com.my.The job must stay open to loc...


Cambodia – Recruitment agencies operating without oversight

1 August 2014

An estimated 250,000 Cambodian migrant workers fled from Thailand as a result of the military junta’s crackdown on illegal labour. In order to facilitate their legal return, the Cambodian government announced that it had slashed the cost of emigration and would only charge workers USD 49 to retur...