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India – Kerry signals possible improvement to Immigration Bill

8 August 2014

Following US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to India last week, the Financial Express highlights his acknowledgment of the need for changing some of the “discriminatory provisions” of the US Immigration Bill. Kerry also stated that while the Bill is very important to the US, it is highly unlikely...

New Zealand - With jobs up, task is now to keep pay on even keel

8 August 2014

Following the latest labour force survey, showing unemployment down to its lowest level since 2009, a leader in The New Zealand Herald provides an interesting overview of the current jobs market in that country. It reads in part as follows:

The economy has been growing strongly since the beginning of...

Malaysia - McDonald’s ad against boycott

8 August 2014

Facing a nationwide boycott over alleged links to Israel, McDonald’s Malaysia today placed a full-page advertisement in a local daily to again deny the claims and to put a face to the “real victims” of the consumer activism: its mostly Malay Muslim employees according to the themalaymailonline.com...

World – Rising costs impair Kelly’s Q2 results

7 August 2014

Kelly Services (KELYA: NSDQ) reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014 of USD 1.4 billion, an increase of +3.2% compared with USD 1.37 billion for the same period last year.

The company reported gross profit for the period of USD 228.1 million, up by +3.4% compared with USD 220.7 million...

World – CDI reports strong operating profit growth

7 August 2014

US-based engineering and technology services firm CDI Corp (CDI: NYSE) yesterday surpassed its own expectations by reporting revenue of USD 284.3 million for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +7.9% compared with USD 263.4 million a year ago.

According to CDI Corp’s Q1 2014 results...

Saudi Arabia – Fresh calls to deport illegal workers

7 August 2014

Senior officials from the Saudi Labour and Interior Ministries held a meeting in the capital city of Riyadh this week to discuss intensifying the campaign against labour and residency law violators across the Kingdom, reports The MENA Financial Network.

An official statement issued after the meeting warned...

Australia – Union challenges recruitment of overseas workers

7 August 2014

The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) has demanded to know why a company working on a natural gas project located in Western Australia (WA) is trying to hire foreign labour when there are sufficiently trained and skilled workers available locally, reports ABC News.

The union said...

UAE – Ministry of Labour partners with newspaper to publish information on workers’ rights

7 August 2014

The Ministry of Labour in the United Arab Emirates has signed a cooperation agreement with newspaper The Gulf Madhyamam to publish guidance for labourers and temporary contract workers in the country, reports khaleejtimes.com.

The agreement was signed by Maher Hamad Al Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for...

Asia – Positive economic environment boosting job advert numbers

7 August 2014

The number of job advertisements posted in Asia continued to rise across all disciplines in Q2 2014 as a result of a more positive economic environment, according to the Asia Job Index compiled by recruitment firm Robert Walters.

Job advertising increased +28% compared with the same period in 2013, indicating...

World – Monster: Fall in international revenue reported in Q2

6 August 2014

Global job board Monster Worldwide Inc. (MWW: NYSE) yesterday reported revenue of USD 194.4 million for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014, a decrease of -3% compared with USD 200.1 million a year ago.

Operating income for the period fell by -32% to USD 4.7 million, down from USD 8.1 million during...