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India – Head-hunters looking for work as recruitment firms shut

26 November 2013

India’s economic slowdown, which has resulted in a drop in hiring activity over the past two years, has hit the recruitment industry hard, reports the Hindustan Times. In an ironic twist of fate, those workers responsible for finding jobs for others are now forced to hunt for work themselves.Thou...


Asia – Closer ASEAN ties concern workers and employers

26 November 2013

Workers and employers across Asia have expressed concerns about the Asean Economic Community (AEC) that will come into effect in 2015 according to a survey from Jobstreet.com, reports nationalmultimedia.com. The goal of the AEC is closer regional economic integration.One-third of respon...


New Zealand – AWF Group’s revenues rise but profits fall

25 November 2013

New Zealand-based blue collar temporary staffing provider AWF Group (AWF: NZSX) reported revenue for the NZD 62.5 million (USD 51.2 million) for the six months ending 30 September 2013, an increase of +1% from NZD 61.9 million (USD 50.7 million) last year.The company reported a profit before tax...


Australia – Rubicor releases H1 trading update

25 November 2013

Australian recruitment services firm Rubicor Group (RUB: ASX) released a market update for the first half of the financial year. Trading conditions remain soft, particularly in October and November.Based on the company’s management reports to the end of October, the Board has issued guidance that...


Australia – Oilfield Workforce Group signs exclusive placement agreement

25 November 2013

Oilfield Workforce Group Limited (ASX: OFW), an international oil and gas manpower solutions provider, announces that it has signed an exclusive permanent placement agreement with Daya Offshore Construction (DOC).The agreement grants Oilfield Workforce the exclusive right to work on all of D...


Brazil – Provisional measure slammed by Trade Union

25 November 2013

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MTE) has drafted a provisional measure that, if passed by Congress, would allow employers to hire unregistered temporary workers for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 60 days each year.Sindeprestem, the Trade Union representing outsourced and temporary w...


Japan – Firms exploiting internship scheme to secure cheap labour

25 November 2013

Faced with a shrinking workforce and tight restrictions on immigration, Japanese employers, such as small companies, farms and fisheries, are plugging labour shortages by relying on interns from across Asia, reports the South China Morning Post.The programme is intended to help developing countri...


Sri Lanka – Government will not assist visa violators

25 November 2013

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) has advised that it is not responsible for the large number of Sri Lankans who are currently in custody in Malaysia on charges of flouting their visa conditions, reports the country’s Daily Mirror.Many Sri Lankans are reported to have obtained tourist v...


Malaysia – Jobstreet reports Q3 revenue growth

22 November 2013

Online job board Jobstreet Corporation Bhd (JOBST: KLS) reported revenue of MYR 46.5 million (USD 14.5 million) for the third quarter ending 30 September 2012, an increase of +12.3% compared with MYR 41.4 million (USD 12.9 million) a year ago.The company reported a pre-tax profit of MYR 23.6 mill...


Singapore – New employment law passed

22 November 2013

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) announced that professionals, managers, and executives (PMEs) earning up to SGD 4,500 (USD 3,602) each month would qualify for most employment rights for the first time from the 1 April 2014.The changes form part of a raft of amendments being made to the Employment...