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Philippines – Calls for mandatory insurance for overseas agency workers to cover war risks

16 September 2014

Lawmakers are strong pushing for the inclusion of war risks in the mandatory insurance coverage for overseas Filipino workers, reports Thai News Service. The current Migrant Workers and Overseas Workers Act (1985) provides for compulsory insurance for all migrant and overseas workers. It does not...


Singapore – Foreign labour crunch forcing more firms to close

16 September 2014

More firms across Singapore are expected to close or downsize, as restrictions on the recruitment of foreign manpower continues, according to employers and economists, reports The Straits Times.Dr Chau Hak Bin, an Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, commented: “If you cannot find enough w...


Australia – IT employment market positive as CIO recruitment budgets increase

16 September 2014

Innovation is a key focus this year for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) working across various industry sectors, which is creating a positive IT employment market across Australia, according to the Michael Page Technology 2014/15 CIO Viewpoint report. As companies develop new business func...


China – Beijing raises hiring standards for foreign workers

15 September 2014

Beijing's municipal government has announced a new employment standard for foreigners, raising the threshold for acquiring a job in the city, reports the Xinhau News Agency. The new standards stipulates that non-Chinese citizens wishing to work in Beijing must meet four requirements: Aged be...


India – Strong growth in mid-level management recruitment expected

15 September 2014

The majority (70%) of employers across India intend to expand their teams over the next 12 months, according to the India Salary & Employment Forecast 2014-2015 from international recruitment firm Michael Page, reports the Press Trust of India.According to the report: "India's business m...


Australia – Record growth in job creation

15 September 2014

Australia’s employment levels are at their highest in 37 years, calming concerns over the health of the Australian economy, reports The Australian Times. A report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that 121,000 jobs were created in August 2014– the biggest rise...


Middle East – Growth in online job market led by the UAE

15 September 2014

The Middle East’s online job market grew by +14% during August 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the Monster Employment Index Middle East. Strong growth was reported in the Hospitality sector, while the most notable declines were reported in Advertising, Market Research,...


Nigeria – Casualisation of oil & gas sector jobs criticised

15 September 2014

A report from staffing company Swift Worldwide Resources, on the top ten highest paid contractor jobs in the oil & gas industry, found the third and fourth most highly paid contractors were in Nigeria. According to the report, the list was produced by analysing 7,500 contract positions in the...


Japan – Dip Corp upgrades H1 results forecast

12 September 2014

Ahead of its results announcement, Japanese recruitment firm Dip corp. (2379: JP) has upgraded its half year forecast for the six months ending 31 August 2014. The company had expected to achieved revenue for the period of JPY 8 billion (USD 74.8 million), but has upgraded its expectations to JPY...


China – Multinational corporations struggling to source managers

12 September 2014

With a population of over 1.3 billion, China is home to a deep pool of human capital, but an intensifying war for talent between multinationals could threaten their growth potential in the world's second largest economy, reports cnbc.com.Faced with slowing economic growth and mounting competition...