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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...


Qatar – Ministry exploring all options to ensure workers’ rights

15 May 2014

When asked during a press conference yesterday whether workers would get the right to form unions in the proposed amendments to the new employment law, Ali Ahmad al-Khulaifi, the Director of the Planning and Quality Department at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, said Qatar was alre...


South Korea – SMEs investing in ‘invisible wages’

15 May 2014

An increasing number of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are paying attention to the so-called “invisible wage”, which they believe can improve the working environment, lower high turnover rates, and improve productivity and labour relations, reports english.donga.com.According to a rec...