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India – Online recruitment up +19% in May

10 June 2014

Online recruitment across India rose by +19% during May, compared with the same month last year, registering the highest year-on-year growth since February 2013, according to the Monster Employment Index.

In May 2014 the Index was 151, on par with March and April 2014, but up against 127 in May 2013....

Nepal – Employment Agencies’ forum calls for halt to visa processing fee increases

10 June 2014

The Progressive Forum of Foreign Employment Agencies (PFFEAN) in Nepal has urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to intervene and take diplomatic action to force visa processing company VLN Nepal to rescind its decision to increase its visa processing fee, reports myrepublica.com.

VLN Nepal is...

Oman – Expat worker numbers more than double over 10 years

10 June 2014

The number of expat workers in the Sultanate has more than doubled in a decade, with the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) attributing it to the large number of development projects currently being implemented in the country, reports The Times of Oman.

According to the latest statistics from...

India – Industry and labour unions gear up for battle over labour law revamp

9 June 2014

Expectations are running high that India’s newly elected government will simplify the nation's labour laws to boost employment and improve the quality of work, reports The Economic Times of India. The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) manifesto, which refers to the labour force as ‘The pillar of our growth’,...

Saudi Arabia – ‘Saudisation’ rules eased for high performing companies

9 June 2014

The Saudi Labour Ministry announced Sunday that it would allow firms in the high and medium Green categories of Nitaqat to recruit foreign workers required for the expansion of their business activities, reports arabnews.com.

It was added that companies in the lower Green, Yellow, and Red categories would...

India – IBM the biggest spender on temporary IT workers

9 June 2014

IBM is the biggest spender on IT contract workers in India, with a spend that is almost double that of other companies, reports The Times of India. The New York-based technology company spends over USD 150 million annually to hire contract IT staff, which is estimated to be more than 15% of its overall...

Egypt – ILO removes country from blacklist

9 June 2014

The Committee for International Labour Standards, a committee of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has said that Egypt will no longer be included in its list of countries violating international labour conventions and recommendations, known as the blacklist, reports weekly.ahram.org.eg.


Australia – End of sponsored visas for chefs, bricklayers, and tillers prompts backlash

9 June 2014

Foreign chefs, bricklayers, and tilers will no longer require a sponsor to work in Australia as of 1 July 2014 in a bid by the Federal Government to fill labour and skills shortages, reports The Daily Mail. The move has been slammed by unions who say the Government should be looking out for domestic...

China – Government to overhaul education system to close skills gap

9 June 2014

A record 7.3 million graduates, the equivalent of the entire population of Hong Kong, will enter the Chinese job market this year; a market renowned for its shortage of skilled workers. However, many of the graduates are ill-equipped to fill those jobs, prompting the government to look at how it can...

Japan – en world acquires Indian recruitment firm

6 June 2014

Japanese recruitment solutions company en world group announced that it has acquired 60% of recruitment firm New Era India Consultancy for a total consideration of INR 345 million (USD 5.8 million).

As per the agreement, en-japan and en Asia Holdings Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary, will acquire 60% of...