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India – Indian Staffing Federation President calls for labour market reform

19 May 2014

Writing in The Hindu Business Line, Rituparna Chakraborty, President of the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) called for urgent reform of the Indian labour market:“Ensuring freedom from unemployment still remains a distant dream. To achieve this, we need flexible labour laws. It is critical to eli...


Oman – Ban of hiring female expatriates to remain in place

19 May 2014

Restrictions on the issuance of labour permits for female expatriates will remain in place until a new decision is made to relax it, two top Ministry of Manpower officials said, reports The Times of Oman.“Restrictions on the recruitment of expatriate female workers were put in place two or three...


Seychelles – Quota system for foreign recruitment comes into force

19 May 2014

A new quota system came into force in the Republic of Seychelles last week as part of the government’s strategy to safeguard jobs for Seychellois, while at the same time facilitating the recruitment and management of non-Seychellois workers, reports The Seychelles News Agency (SNA).The&...


Indonesia – Minimum wage set by business size proposed

16 May 2014

The Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) is considering proposing a nationwide tiered system of minimum wages based on the size and sector of businesses, reports just-style.com.Sofjan Wanandi, Chairman of APINDO, said that wage obligations should differ between small- and medium-sized enterp...


India – New government must bridge skills chasm

16 May 2014

Of the total working age population in India, only 6.7% have any skill training, according to data from the government database, which shows the huge employment challenge facing the new government that takes over at the Centre next week, reports indianexpress.com.In comparison, the total percenta...


Philippines – Medical warning issued to overseas workers

16 May 2014

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned Filipinos returning home after working in the Middle East to undergo tests for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) before they depart for the Philippines, reports The Sun Star.The virus has already claime...


Australia – Plans to raise retirement age to 70 criticised

16 May 2014

The Australian government’s plan to raise the state pension age to 70, up from 65 at present, has been criticised as unfair for those in physically demanding jobs, the poor, and indigenous people, reports tulsaworld.com.Increasing the pension eligibility age to 70 by 2035 was one of the measures...


Japan – Nippon Information surpasses upwardly revised full year forecast

15 May 2014

Staffing services provider Nippon Information Development Co. Ltd. (2349: JP) yesterday reported revenue for the year ending 31 March 2014 of JPY 16.1 billion (USD 157.8 million), an increase of +3.8% compared with JPY 15.5 billion (USD 152 million) last year.The company achieved an operating pro...


Japan – Rising costs temper Livesense’s Q1 results

15 May 2014

Japanese job board Livesense Inc. (6054: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 March 2014 of JPY 987 million (USD 9.7 million), an increase of +15.3% compared with JPY 856 million (USD 8.4 million) last year.Operating income for the period fell by -67.2% to JPY 137 million (USD 1.3...


Malaysia – SEEK acquisition given shareholder’s approval

15 May 2014

Malaysian job board JobStreet Corp Bhd (JOBST: MK) was yesterday given shareholders’ approval to sell its online job portal business. The only remaining hurdle in the sale is regulatory approval, reports The Sun Daily.The voting at JobStreet's EGM was conducted by way of poll and saw the resoluti...