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Australia – Opposition leader pledges to create licencing system for labour hire companies

21 May 2014

The leader of the Opposition party in the state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has pledged to crackdown on rogue labour hire companies in response to allegations of foreign worker exploitation on farms, reports weeklytimesnow.com.auRecent allegations have been made about the mistreatment of oversea...


East Africa – Education revamp needed to address skills shortage

21 May 2014

The escalating disparity between the available skills and the demands of East Africa’s labour market poses a danger to the sub-region’s socioeconomic future, according to statistics presented from the draft East African Qualification Framework for Higher Education (EAQFHE), reports dailynews.co.t...


India – Jobs boom expected following national election

20 May 2014

The recruitment industry is optimistic that, following a decisive mandate to the main opposition party BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) to form the next Indian government, future President Narendra Modi will deliver on his promise to create more jobs by boosting the manufacturing and infrastructure s...


World – Forced labour generates billions in illegal profits

20 May 2014

Forced labour in the global private economy generates illegal profits of USD 150 billion a year, three times more than previously thought, according to a study by the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO), reports The Guardian.The study found that almost two-thirds of the total profit...


Hong Kong – Over half of workers put in more than 44 hours per week

20 May 2014

More than half of Hong Kong’s labour force work more than 44 hours a week, with nearly one in five respondents working more than 52 hours each week, according to a survey conducted by The South China Morning Post.The findings signal a need for the city to introduce a law on working hours as soon...


Oman – Workers to down tools to avoid the summer sun

20 May 2014

The Omani Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has issued a directive to all companies, particularly those in the construction sector, to stop work at all sites between 12.30pm and 3.30pm, between June and August, reports The Times of Oman.Stressing that the mid-day break aims to provide relief to workers...


India – More companies embracing flexible staffing

19 May 2014

At a time when companies in the Western state of Gujarat are struggling to source adequately skilled staff at a reasonable cost, an increasing number of companies are turning to flexible staffing to secure cost efficient manpower reports The Times of India.The current growth of flexible staffing...


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&...