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Malaysia – Employers and activists warn new policy will worsen conditions for foreign workers

18 November 2014

A new rule to make foreigners in Malaysia pay the full cost of medical treatment at public healthcare facilities by 2017 will further oppress foreign workers and drive the cost of business up, labour rights activists and employers have warned, reports The Malaysian Insider. Labour activists...


World – Ciett welcomes G20 focus on employment and job creation

18 November 2014

The International Confederation of Private Employment Services (Ciett) has welcomed a statement from the G20 leaders confirming that employment and job creation remain at the centre of the G20 agenda.At the G20 Summit, hosted by the Australian Presidency in Brisbane last weekend, the G20 Leaders...


Hong Kong – Pedersen & Partners opens eighth Asian office

18 November 2014

International executive search firm Pedersen & Partners yesterday announced the opening of a new office in Hong Kong. The opening represents the firm’s 53rd wholly-owned office globally and the eighth office in Asia, in addition to Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, and...


Singapore – Proposed JobStreet merger finally given approval

17 November 2014

Following several delays, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has approved the proposed acquisition of JobStreet Singapore by Australian job board SEEK, reports The Straits Times. In May 2014, JobStreet’s shareholders gave their approval to sell the company’s entire online employme...


Malaysia – Companies looking to hire but suitable candidates are thin on the ground

17 November 2014

Four-out-of-ten (41%) employers plan to hire additional staff in the next few months, up from 30% during the same period last year, according to the Q4 2014 Job Outlook Survey from job board JobStreet, reports freemalaysiatoday.com. A quarter (24%) of employers are content to maintain their...


Japan – Record year for Vietnamese guest workers

17 November 2014

In the 10 months to November 2014, Vietnam sent almost 16,300 workers to Japan, breaking the previous record of 15,000 during the 1990s, underscoring the country’s dearth of workers, reports vietnamnet.vn. Experts say 2014 has been a golden year for Vietnam to export workers to Japan, which...


Australia – Sick leave costing employers billions but most workers still expect pay rise in 2015

17 November 2014

Absence levels have increased to their highest level since 2010, with the cost to employers now exceeding AUD 33 billion (USD 28.9 billion) each year, according to the 2014 Absence Management & Wellbeing Survey, reports mozo.com.au. The survey by Direct Health Solutions analysed the leve...


Japan – Recruit Holdings revenue up by over 10%

14 November 2014

Recruit Holdings (6098: JP), the largest staffing firm in Japan, reported revenue of JPY 617.3 billion (USD 5.3 billion) for the six months ending 30 September 2014, an increase of +10.4% over the same period in 2013.The company achieved gross profit for the period of JPY 304 billion (USD 2.6 bil...


Japan – Human Holdings reports revenue growth but operating income squeezed

14 November 2014

Japanese staffing firm Human Holdings (2415: JP) reported revenue of JPY 30.6 billion (USD 264.6 million) for the six months ending 30 September 2014, an increase of +11.2% compared with JPY 27.5 billion (USD 237.8 million) last year.Operating income for the period increased by +125.1% to JPY 1.1...


Indonesia – Is there a job crisis looming?

14 November 2014

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla start their presidency facing herculean tasks, most notably employment, with some experts warning that the country is on the brink of a jobs crisis, reports establishmentpost.com. According to Chris Kanter, the Dep...