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Japan – Push for workplace equality stalls

6 January 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to raise participation rate of women as his government’s economic reforms continue, reports leaderpost.com. Since taking office a year ago, Mr Abe has made the advancement of women a pillar of his economic revival in order to combat the gender imbalance in...


Macau – Pay to rise as much as +10% in 2014

6 January 2014

Salaries paid by big employers, particularly casinos, are expected to increase by between +5% and +10% in 2014 as the supply of labour remains tight, reports the Macau Business Daily. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world (1.9%), Macau’s small and medium sized enterprises are exp...


New Zealand – Job market remained steady in 2013

6 January 2014

The job market improved marginally during 2013, with more than a quarter of a million positions advertised, according to data from jobs website SEEK, reports stuff.co.nz. Compared with 2012, the number of jobs advertised increased by more than 1,000 jobs, or roughly +0.4%.Janet Faulding, General...


MENA – Banking & Finance and Oil & Gas sectors top employment survey

6 January 2014

A recent survey conducted by online job board Bayt.com and YouGov, a research and consulting organisation, entitled ‘Top Industries in the Middle East and North Africa’, has shown that male respondents throughout the region favour employment in the Banking & Finance sector or the Oil, Gas &am...


Singapore - Labour costs could soar by up to +20% in some sectors

3 January 2014

The increase in foreign worker levies and labour shortages could send costs in some sectors soaring by as much as +20% this year, according to business leaders in Singapore.From 1 January, firms that want to hire foreign professionals on an Employment Pass (‘EP’) must pay them at least SGD 3,300...


Saudi Arabia – Country signs labour cooperation pact with India

3 January 2014

India and Saudi Arabia have signed a landmark agreement on protection of the rights of domestic Indian workers in the kingdom and agreed to work on another accord to streamline ties between employers and the 2.8 million Indian workers in Saudi Arabia.The Agreement on Labour Cooperation for Domest...


Malaysia – Government stops issuing work permits for lower than minimum salary jobs

3 January 2014

The Malaysian government has stopped issuing work permits for jobs that do not meet the new minimum salary rate. The Government has set a minimum monthly salary of MYR 900 (USD 273) although some Nepali migrant workers were found to be receiving a monthly salary of only MYR 650 (USD 198...


Vietnam - Manufacturing output expands at fastest pace since 2011

3 January 2014

Vietnam's manufacturing sector improved in December as output and employment increased as a result of renewed order growth, according to survey data from Markit Economics.The headline seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 51.8 in December from 50.3 in November. The above-50 readi...


Hong Kong - Country tops the Contingent Workforce Index 2013

2 January 2014

ManpowerGroup Hong Kong announced today that Hong Kong tops a list of those countries utilising contingent workforces according the Contingent Workforce Index 2013 Global Analysis (CWI) survey, recently published by TAPFIN, ManpowerGroup Solutions’ Managed Services Provider.The CWI measures conti...


India – Positive job outlook for 2014

2 January 2014

A cross section of HR consultants, staffing and employment experts predict positive hiring trends across sectors in 2014. It is expected that improved economic outlook will lead to a healthier Indian labour market in the coming year.“Hiring sentiment will trend upwards this year. Though in the la...