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China – Foreign workers given environmental pay rise

18 July 2014

As more and more foreign workers avoid China because of its air pollution problem, multinational companies are offering their expatriate workers generous hazard pay to encourage them to stay, reports chinatopix.com.

According to the Asian Financial Review, soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has disclosed it...

Australia: SEEK boss fears more jobs will be lost to robots

18 July 2014

Andrew Bassat, CEO and Co-Founder of Australian job board SEEK, has warned that more people will lose their jobs and will have fewer opportunities to find work, as businesses increasingly replace labour with technology, reports The Daily Mail.

Speaking at the B20 (Business 20) Summit in Sydney, Mr Bassat...

Japan – Jobs still available for full-time workers despite labour shortage

18 July 2014

Labour shortages are becoming an increasingly serious problem in Japan, particularly for those sectors where there is a lack of manpower and rising wage costs have resulted in lost sales and even bankruptcy, reports The Japan Times.

In May, the unemployment rate hit a 16-year low of 3.5% and the ratio...

Japan – Altech upgrades H1 earnings forecast

17 July 2014

Technical staffing firm Altech Corp (4641: JP) has upwardly revised its H1 2014 forecast for the six months ending 30 June 2014. The company had previously expected to report revenue for the period of JPY 9.3 billion (USD 91.4 million), this has since been revised to JPY 9.65 billion (USD 94.9 million),...

Latin America – Limited access to technology hampering recruitment

17 July 2014

Latin America is a region of entrepreneurs and small businesses; with 60% of employees working for companies with five or fewer employees. Latin America, however, is not as well recognised for technical innovation.

Access to technology across the region is limited, with growth rates in adoption and usage...

Nepal – Recruitment companies banned from sending workers to Qatar

17 July 2014

The Nepali Embassy in Qatar has banned 55 recruitment agencies from supplying workers to Qatar after they charged higher fees than the maximum amount fixed by the government and failed to ensure wages and employment, reports ekantipur.com.

The Embassy’s Labour Attaché Indra Dev Pandey, commented: “We...

Hong Kong – Surprise rise in unemployment as labour market remains tight

17 July 2014

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Hong Kong was 3.2% between April and June, up from 3.1% between March and May, according to the latest figures from the Census and Statistics Department.

Underemployment, those working in jobs below their education or qualification level, remained unchanged...

Australia – Business leaders must cut regulation and remove barriers to grow jobs

16 July 2014

World business leaders say they have a plan for global jobs growth but governments must commit to cutting regulations and knocking down trade barriers, reports The Daily Mail. Four hundred global business leaders have gathered for the Business 20 (B20) summit in Sydney to finalise their recommendations...

Korea – Use of recruitment agencies up nearly a third

16 July 2014

As a result of higher worker turnover, Korean companies are increasingly turning to recruiters for help. Requests made to recruiters increased +28.7% in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to job board Job Korea, reports koreajoongangdaily.joins.com.

Korean companies...

South Africa – Labour Minister: Tackling the wage gap is urgent

16 July 2014

Delivering her budget vote speech in Parliament, South African Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant ascribed the hostility in the labour market to a “dynamic labour environment”, adding that there was an urgent need to decrease the wage gap between workers and executives, reports iol.co.za.

Ms Oliphant...