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Singapore – Unemployment continues to edge up

31 July 2013

Preliminary estimates showed that unemployment increased for the second consecutive quarter, though remained low, according to recent figures from the Ministry of Manpower. The seasonally adjusted overall unemployment rate was 2.1% in June 2013, up from 1.9% in March 2013 (Q1 2013) and 1.8% in De...


China – Apple accused of abusing temporary agency workers

30 July 2013

Pegatron, a supplier to Apple, has been accused of violating workers’ rights (including temporary workers) by China Labour Watch. The Taiwanese supplier has been accused of using underage workers, paying insufficient wages, and forcing employees to work overtime. China Labour Watch (CLW) accused...


India –Young and older workers struggle to find jobs but disregard temporary work

30 July 2013

Randstad’s Workmonitor survey reveals that 66% of young people and 79% of older people in India are struggling to find suitable work. As a result, 79% of young people and 71% of older people have accepted jobs below their level of education.Young people, below the age of 25, responded that 76% wo...


Japan – Temporary and part-time workers reach record high

30 July 2013

Japanese temporary employment number rose +0.1% in June compared with May. The number of female temporary and dispatch workers rose; while male temporary and dispatch worker number fell between May to June, narrowing the wide gap between male and female employment. Female unemployment remains a g...


South Africa – New Temporary Employment Services legislation delayed

30 July 2013

Amendments to the Labour Relations Act (‘LRA’) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) are currently before the South African Parliament. Changes to the legislation could present new challenges for Temporary Employment Services, commonly referred to as ‘labour brokers’ in South Africa.N...


China – Measures adopted to halt ‘brain-drain’

30 July 2013

China is planning to lure back 2,000 top Chinese specialists in order to halt the growing ‘brain-drain’. Specialists in the fields of IT, biotechnology, aerospace, environmental protection, agricultural technology, and transportation are of top priority, according to China Daily.China has impleme...


New Zealand – Australian companies taking advantage

30 July 2013

The increasing number of Australian companies relocating to New Zealand has caused concern that they are taking advantage of the lower wages and unregulated labour market, according to MP Darien Fenton. The Labour Party Spokeswoman has expressed concern that employers from Australia are making mo...


World - IT managers, engineers & accountants hardest to find according to CareerBuilder Survey

29 July 2013

IT managers, network administrators, engineers, accountants and software developers are some of the positions that are the hardest to fill globally, says a new global study from human capital solutions firm CareerBuilder. According to the study companies around the world have at least one thing i...


Singapore - Employment Agency suspended for charging excess fees

29 July 2013

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has successfully prosecuted the Gateway Employment Agency for collecting excessive agency fees from three Chinese workers. Investigations revealed that the employment agency, which facilitated the employment of the workers, charged each applicant RMB 15,00...


India - IBM preferred choice among IT grads

29 July 2013

Firstnaukri.com, a job portal for campus hiring, has released its annual Employer Preference Survey for 2013. The  survey was administered to students across various campuses throughout India. The results found that Infosys, TCS & IBM still remain the most preferred brands for in placeme...