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Oman – More than 390 workers arrested for violating Omani labour law

3 June 2014

A total 393 workers were held after being found violating the labour law during the period from 25 to 31 May, according to the weekly report of the joint inspection team at the Ministry of Manpower (MoM).The violators included 311 commercial workers, 26 farm workers and 56 housemaids and their eq...


New Zealand - Jobseekers in high pursuit of new roles

3 June 2014

Jobseeker activity in New Zealand is expected to remain healthy over the next 12 months, with many professionals likely to seek a new role in the coming year, according to the 2014 Michael Page New Zealand Employee Intentions Report. The report reveals 50% of surveyed professionals are very...


Australia – Coalition plans to remove Visa curbs on offshore workers

2 June 2014

Visa requirements proposed for foreign workers on offshore resource projects are to be eased, as the Abbott government seeks to bypass the Senate and introduce new arrangements through regulation.The Coalition has failed to repeal legislation, due to come into operation next month, which was intr...


Singapore – 4 out of 5 workers are unhappy with wages

2 June 2014

In the first half of this year, Singapore was named the costliest city in the world for expatriates. In light of those findings, JobStreet.com conducted a survey recently to find out how the cost of living is affecting Singaporeans.The results show that 31% said that their salary can cover their...


UAE – List of ‘superior’ private recruitment agencies to be announced

2 June 2014

Ajman’s Labour Office held a special seminar last week, hosting a number of private recruitment agency owners and associates. The forum discussed problems and constraints of the industry in order to improve their level of performance.In order to improve the service and reputation of recruitment a...


Australia – Chief Executive gives tips to Australian companies in China

2 June 2014

Seek chief executive and co-founder, Andrew Bassat, has advised Australian companies seeking to emulate his success in China's growth market of consumer services that they should appoint a strong local management team, develop an appetite for risk, and stay the course.At the ‘Australia in the Chi...


Oman – Ministry urges firms to observe summer site rules

2 June 2014

Oman's Ministry of Manpower has urged private companies to ensure that they observe bylaws aimed at protecting construction workers from exhaustion through working in the midday heat.From Saturday (1 June), laws came into effect which state that work on sites should stop between midday and 3.30pm...


Japan - Worker shortages rattle recovery

30 May 2014

On first glance, Japan's employment situation looks healthy according to the Wall Street Times. The unemployment rate in April was 3.6%, close to a seven-year low and way below 6.3% in the U.S., data released Friday showed. There were 108 jobs for every 100 people seeking employment....


Australia - Adecco fined for worker's death

30 May 2014

On Thursday, a Canberra court (according to The Canberra Times) convicted two companies – the employer SITA Australia and ‘labour hire’ company Adecco Industrial Pty Ltd – of negligence for failing to comply with safety duties following the death of a worker.Both companies pleaded guilty to the c...


China – Cost advantages for Western companies slowly eroding

30 May 2014

As many countries in the West lament the decline of their manufacturing sectors, China is actively taking steps to accelerate its move up the value chain.As a historically low-cost operating environment, China was once an attractive option for multinational companies seeking to minimise productio...