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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...

Libya – Filipino workers would rather face danger than unemployment

6 August 2014

Despite the growing unrest in Libya, described by fleeing residents as much worse than the crisis that toppled former dictator General Gaddafi in 2011, thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) would rather put themselves at risk than face the uncertainty of being unemployed at home, reports The...

India – Strong growth in online recruitment

6 August 2014

Online recruitment across India increased by +25% during July 2014, compared with the same month last year, the strongest year-on-year growth reported in over 18 months, according to the Monster Employment Index.

In July 2014 the Index was 154, up from 153 points in June and 151 points between March and...

Australia – Inquiry launched into working holiday visa exploitation

6 August 2014

A major inquiry is being launched by Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman into pay and conditions for young people in Australia on working holiday visas after it was found that large numbers of young workers are being exploited, including not being paid the minimum wage, reports australiaforum.com...

Australia – Bluestone Global enters administration after rights issue fails

5 August 2014

Australian recruitment firm Bluestone Global (BUE: ASX) has entered administration after shareholders failed to back a AUD 4 million (USD 3.7 million) rights issue, reports The Australian. The company has advised, however, that the estimated 3,500 workers currently on its books should be looked after....