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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...


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 Undersecreta...


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...


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 d...


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...


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 Mar...


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 austral...


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 a...


Japan – Worldintec reports growth following contract wins

5 August 2014

Japanese outsourcing services company Worldintec Co. Ltd., (2429: JP) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2014 of JPY 34 billion (USD 331.4 million), an increase of +17.6% compared with JPY 28.9 billion (USD 281.7 million) a year ago.The company achieved an operating profit of JPY...


New Zealand – Non-payment of Filipino carpenters a genuine mistake, says Adecco

5 August 2014

A group of Filipino carpenters recruited by the largest staffing firm in the world, Adecco, to work on the rebuild of earthquake hit Christchurch had no work when they arrived and had to rely on charity to get by, reports stuff.co.nz.Adecco is reported to have promised fulltime jobs to a group of...