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Australia – Trade unions criticise trade deals negotiated at the expense of local workers

22 April 2014

Reports that China is putting pressure on the Australian government to be allowed to bring in workers for projects funded by Chinese investors have been criticised by trade unions, reports australianforum.com.According to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU,) trade deals should...


Philippines – 11 recruitment agencies lose their government licence

22 April 2014

The Philippine government has withdrawn the licences of 11 recruitment firms for their failure to comply with the requirements set by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), reports gmanetwork.com.According to POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, the agencies are: Summit Pla...


China – NES Global opens regional office to meet demand

17 April 2014

NES Global Talent, the technical manpower specialist, announced yesterday that the company is opening a new office in Shekou, China. The new office will act as a regional hub for business activity across the south of the region, facilitating NES Global’s growth not only in Shekour, but also in ot...


China – Internet recruiter to set up global talent development centre

17 April 2014

Chinese internet-based recruitment service provider, Liepin.com, plans to set up a global talent development centre with a base of 20 million professionals by the end of 2014, its CEO told China Daily.The company also announced that it received financing totalling USD 70 million from equity inves...


Argentina – Labour bill aims to reduce informal jobs by 2015

17 April 2014

A labour bill, sponsored by President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, aims to reduce the number of informal jobs from its current level of 33% to 28% of the total labour market, by 2015, reports The Buenos Aires Herald.Jorge Capitanich, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, told reports at the Gove...


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...