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Singapore – Foreign worker numbers to be lowered despite persistently tight labour market

28 April 2014

In his May Day message to Singaporeans ahead of Labour Day on Thursday, Lim Swee Say, Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUS) urged employers to be better bosses, and told employees not to take job supply for granted, reports Channel News Asia.Two-thirds of Singapore's work...


Nigeria – No refund for jobseekers caught up in deadly stampede

28 April 2014

Despite accepting responsibility for the recruitment event on 15 March 2014, during which 19 jobseekers died, Nigerian Interior Minister Abba Moro has advised that none of the jobseekers will be reimbursed for the costs of attending the event, reports primiumtimesng.com.Each of the estimated 710,...


China – Undergrads opting for employment over postgraduate degrees

28 April 2014

More college graduates in China are opting for work experience instead of advanced degrees, according to a survey from job board Zhaopin.com, reports China Daily European Edition. Analysts believe that this pragmatic approach, coupled with a record number of students graduating from college, is e...


Brazil – Mother’s Day boosts temporary worker numbers

25 April 2014

In order to meet demand for Mother’s Day, the second biggest retail period in Brazil after Christmas, a total of 63,000 temporary workers will be recruited, reports sonoticias.com.br. The data from a survey commissioned by the Trade Union of Outsourcing and Temporary Work (Sindeprestem), who are...


Singapore – A third of workers still unemployed a year after redundancy

25 April 2014

Despite the notoriously tight labour market, three out of 10 employees (32%) who were made redundant during the first three quarters of 2013 failed to find another job by December 2013, according to a release from Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower, reports sbr.com.Two-thirds (66%) of Singaporeans...


Australia – Mining project attracting skilled overseas workers

25 April 2014

One of Australia’s largest mining projects is attracting hundreds of applicants for certain positions and is also proving popular with skilled workers from overseas, reports australiaforum.com. The Roy Hill iron ore mining, rail, and port project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia has rec...


India – Man files petition to uncover details of his brother’s death in Qatar

25 April 2014

The High Court in Mumbai directed a recruitment agency to collect any documents pertaining to a city resident who was employed in Qatar and died under ‘mysterious’ circumstances in November 2013, reports The Indian Free Press.On 26 November 2013, Jitender’s family was informed that he had died du...


World – ManpowerGroup: Improving Q1 expected to continue

24 April 2014

International recruitment firm ManpowerGroup (MAN: NYSE) yesterday reported revenue for the first three months of 2014 of USD 4.9 billion, a rise of +3% in constant currency compared with USD 4.8 billion a year ago.The company reported gross profit of USD 816.5 million, up by +3.6% in constant cu...


World – Robert Half reports Q1 growth

24 April 2014

US-based recruitment firm Robert Half (RHI: NYSE) reported revenue of USD 1.08 billion for the first quarter ending 31 March 2014, a rise of +6% compared with USD 1.02 billion for the same period last year.The company achieved gross profit of USD 438.5 million, a rise of +7% from USD 410.3 millio...


Pakistan – Labour conference marred by protest threat

24 April 2014

Foreign labour ministers from six South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), EU dignitaries, representatives of Turkey and China, labour ministers from all four provinces of Pakistan, and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ar...