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Vietnam – Poor labour productivity a drain on the economy

28 May 2014

The latest report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) showed that Vietnam’s labour productivity rate in 2013 was among the lowest in Asia Pacific. It was 15 times lower than Singapore, 11 times lower than Japan, and 10 times lower than South Korea, reports english.vietnamvet.vn.Even...


Brunei – Five new policies to be introduced to reduce foreign worker numbers

27 May 2014

The government of Brunei has announced that it will cap the number of foreign workers in the country with the aim of reducing unemployment and controlling the influx of foreign labour, reports globalpost.com.Five new policies on employing foreigners will be introduced across the country. The impl...


Hong Kong – Increasing salaries not the best way to retain staff

27 May 2014

Six out of 10 (64%) employers in Hong Kong intend to hire staff in the coming three months, an increase of +2 percentage points compared with last quarter and +5 percentage points compared with the same period last year, according to the Q1 2014 Hiring Index from job board jobsDB.The recent figur...


Nigeria – Job numbers on the rise

27 May 2014

In the nine months to 31 December 2013, the Nigerian economy created 732,745 jobs, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), reports leadership.ng.The number of jobs created during the second quarter was 221,054, followed by 245,989 in the third quarter, and 265,702 in the f...


Australia – Move away from mining to cost the tax payers dearly

27 May 2014

A new government report has predicted that by 2018, 45% of new jobs across Australia will be created in health, education, public administration, and safety, as the country moves away from mining, reports The Australian. This means more workers will be paid their salaries with taxpayer money...


MENA – Female workers are motivated but face high levels of stress

27 May 2014

Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are mostly content within their workplace. However, a study from Bayt.com revealed that there are several factors that can increase their levels of motivation and reduce the levels of stress that are felt by a significant proportion of the region’s...


Hong Kong – en world appoints Country Manager

27 May 2014

Japanese recruitment solutions company, en world group, today announced today the appointment of Bernard Yeo to the position of Country Manager for Hong Kong and Mainland China.Mr Yeo will be focusing on business growth and investment opportunities not only in Hong Kong but also Mainland China ma...


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 Afri...


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 arabn...


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...