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South Africa – Unions call for temporary staffing to be banned

26 May 2014

The continuation of labour broking in South Africa is an indication that the working class is not yet liberated, even 20 years after democracy, according to Rangers Molapo, a Deputy Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), reports sabc.co.za.

Mr Molapo said during the Africa Day...

Saudi Arabia – Licences issued to recruitment firms to create price stability in the labour market

26 May 2014

The rise in recruitment company fees is because of the rising demand for labour, both general labour and domestic workers, especially given the limited number of countries exporting labour to the Kingdom, according to a survey conducted recently by the Saudi Arabian Labour Ministry, reports arabnews.com...

Venezuela – Labour market stagnation to continue

26 May 2014

Venezuela’s labour market will remain stagnant for the rest of the year because of restrictions imposed by President Nicolas Maduro against the private sector, according to economist Francisco Ibarra, reports rotativo.com.mx.

Mr Ibarra, a university professor, commented: “I think that the private...

Nigeria – Calls to curb influx of foreign construction workers

26 May 2014

The President of Nigerian Welders Association (NWA) Pius Itama, has called on the Federal Government to curb the influx of foreigners into Nigeria’s labour market, reports thisdaylive.com.

Mr Itama made the call at a two-day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting last week. He said the association...

United Arab Emirates – Financial institutions will need to pay up to attract and retain talent

26 May 2014

Banks and other financial institutions in the UAE may have reported strong performances recently, but those working in the industry are not feeling any significant financial benefits, according to the latest report from recruitment firm Robert Half.

The report shows that accounting and finance professionals...

Japan – New holiday created for overworked population

26 May 2014

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal claims that the average Japanese worker only uses 8.6 holiday days per year, less than half of their entitlement. According to Japan’s Labour Standards Act, employees are entitled to between 25 and 35 days paid leave each year, inclusive of 15 public holidays....

World – Greece, the US, and Hong Kong among the worst places to be a worker

23 May 2014

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), an alliance of regional trade confederations that advocates for labour rights around the world, debuted its Global Rights Index this week, ranking countries on a 1 (best) through 5 (worst) scale on the basis of how well workers'...

Australia – Multiple interview, psychometric tests, and presentations the new norm for interviews

23 May 2014

Multiple interviews, gruelling psychometric tests, detailed case studies and commercially sensitive presentations are increasingly part of  standard job applications,  as companies look to screen a multitude of applicants in an increasingly competitive market, reports news.com.au.

Steve Shepherd,...

World – Skills in demand to land an international job

23 May 2014

Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) make up nearly half of the 10 abilities most commonly found among professionals who have moved to other parts of the world to pursue career opportunities in the past year, according to new research from LinkedIn. Specifically,...

India – Smokers need not apply

23 May 2014

The Rajasthan government-owned state electricity company has decided not to offer jobs to people who either smoke or chew tobacco products, reports The Times of India.

A state-level committee for tobacco control in October 2012 recommended that no person should be offered a government job if he or she...