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Australia – Construction set to be the next ‘boom’ sector

17 April 2014

Following a slowdown of the mining sector, which has traditionally been a pillar of the Australian economy and labour market, some predict that the next sector set to ‘boom’ will be construction, reports heraldsun.com.au.Craig James, Chief Economist at stockbroking firm CommSec, believes that con...


Australia – SEEK buys 25% stake in BDjobs.com

16 April 2014

Australia-based job board SEEK (SEK: AU) has acquired a 25% stake in Bangladeshi job board BDjobs.com for a total consideration of USD 5 million, reports thefinancialexpress-bd.com. SEEK made a bid in February 2014 for Malaysian job board Jobstreet, and currently has operations in China, Brazil,...


South Korea – Top firms increasing their use of contract workers

16 April 2014

The number of contract workers hired at South Korea's top 20 companies increased sharply last year, while the number of regular employees remained largely unchanged, according to a report in english.yonhapnews.co.kr. According to corporate reports released at general shareholders’ meetings l...


Japan – Companies turning to ’non-regular’ workers

16 April 2014

Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power in December 2012, vowing to overturn deflation through all manner of stimulus, unemployment has dropped from 4.3% to 3.6%, matching the lowest rate in 17 years. Across the country, the job vacancy-to-applicants ratio has been above one for the pas...


Malaysia – Migrant workers worse off than back home

16 April 2014

An Asian parliamentary caucus on labour migration has called on Putrajaya to reveal details of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) it signed with nations who send their citizens to Malaysia for work, following reports of abuse and exploitation of migrant workers in the country, reports themalaysiani...


Oman – Recruitment ban extended

15 April 2014

A ban on employing expat construction workers and housekeeping staff in Oman's private sector has been extended by another six months by the Ministry of Manpower, according to The Times of Oman.The extension of the ban comes into effect from 4 May 2014, continuing a six-month ban that was due to...


Saudi Arabia – Labour Ministry cracks down on visa violators

15 April 2014

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced tough punishment for expats violating the country’s residency, labour, and business regulations. Punishment includes fines up to SAR 100,000 (USD 26,666), a jail term of up to two years, a recruitment ban, and deportation, reports arabnews.com. The move targe...


Hong Kong – Experis named the most comprehensive recruitment firm in greater China

15 April 2014

Experis Hong Kong, the professional talent resourcing arm of ManpowerGroup, has been named the Most Comprehensive Recruitment Firm in the Greater China Region at the Most Valuable Services Awards 2014.“We are proud and honoured that Experis has been recognised for excellence in delivering customi...


India – Wage gap widening

15 April 2014

While the Indian government is trying to promote greater equality, not only in the labour market but also across India, there is clear evidence that the disparity between CEOs and their labour force is widening, reports dninda.com.India’s highest paid CEO in the financial year 2012-2013 earned 1,...


Nepal – Labour village set up in Kathmandu

15 April 2014

In a bid to provide Nepal’s entire foreign employment related services from one location, the government has initiated efforts to build a labour village in the capital city of Kathmandu, reports ekantipur.com.The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) has leased land from the Nepal Trust, an in...