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Bangladesh – Revised labour law falls short of international standard

24 July 2013

Amendments to the Bangladesh Labour Act will hopefully prove to be a first step towards fulfilling the government’s obligation to respect fully the fundamental rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining, according to a United Nation’s report.Bangladesh has ratified the Internation...


Japan – Peculiar recruitment methods hampering job market

24 July 2013

Fulltime employees in Japanese companies have no limits to their duties, their hours, or their job location; and their employers can implement change at will, according to an article on Nippon.com. Japanese employees have no right to limit their duties, refuse overtime, or decline transfers to an...


China – Employers flouting new temporary employment law

23 July 2013

Despite recent amendments to the dispatch employment law, some temporary workers in China are still being paid less than half the wages of their permanent counterparts, according to fjsen.com. The new legislation was enacted on 1 July 2013. Its purpose was to make it more difficult for employers...


China – Employment outlook weakens for H2 2013

23 July 2013

Chinese employers’ hiring intentions will weaken in the second half of 2013, according to ManpowerGroup’s Q3 2013 Employment Outlook Survey. The net employment outlook for the Chinese mainland is 12% for the third quarter of 2013, a fall of -5% compared with the same period last year.Employers’ h...


Asia-Pacific – NEC Global Talent appoints regional director

23 July 2013

NES Global Talent, the technical manpower specialist, has appointed industry expert Matt Underhill to the new strategic role of regional director for Asia Pacific, as part of plans to become a £100m net profit business by the year 2020.Prior to his move, Matt spent 20 years at Hays, where his rol...


Australia – Michael Page Australia launches digital recruitment offering

23 July 2013

As a result of continued development in the digital market niche and a growing demand for talent, Michael Page Australia has launched a new national specialist offering – Michael Page Digital. Michael Page is ranked by Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the top 25 recruitment companies in Austr...


World – ManpowerGroup still cautious but growing more optimistic

22 July 2013

Following the release of its Q2 2013 results on Friday, ManpowerGroup (MAN: NYSE) announced that its results, and the Q3 outlook, are materially better than expected. Hinting at possible green shoots of recovery, ManpowerGroup reported modest improvements in revenue trends and significantly great...


United Arab Emirates – Professional recruitment rises

22 July 2013

Job opportunities for professionals in the UAE increased +6% in Q2 2013, compared with Q2 2012, according to the Employment Monitor from recruitment service provider Morgan McKinley. The number of professionals looking to change jobs increased +18% during the same period.Trefor Murphy, managing d...


Japan – Companies reinvesting in back office functions

22 July 2013

Japanese companies reinvested in back office teams as a result of improved market confidence, according to the 2013 Robert Walters Half Year Market Update. Positive business sentiments, resulting from the Japanese government’s fiscal strategies, encouraged companies in Japan to approve back offi...


World – G20 and Ciett call for stronger employment services

22 July 2013

The G20 labour ministers stressed their commitment to solving the current unemployment crisis, and have called for stronger employment services and multiple forms of work to achieve more inclusive labour markets, according to the international confederation of private employment agencies (Ci...