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Australia – Engineers transitioning out of heavy industries face difficulties

17 October 2013

Engineers who once flocked to the mining industry now face stiff resistance from employers when applying for roles in the consulting or public sectors, reports recruiters Hays Engineering. However, honesty can help secure the job.Simon Bristow, Senior Regional Director of Hays Engineering, said:...


Kyrgyzstan – Action needed to halt skills exodus

17 October 2013

Kyrgyzstan needs to revive its vocational education and training system to quell a labour exodus that threatens to drain it of a skilled workforce, analysts warn, reports Central Asia Online. Kyrgyz State Technical University Rector Turatbek Duishenaliyev told Central Asia Online. "...


Australia – ITCRA announces new board

17 October 2013

The Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA) announced the appointment of Richard Fischer to the position of President. Mr Fischer is currently the Managing Director of technology recruitment firm Greythorn.ITCRA is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors, made up of...


Hong Kong – Collective bargaining motion shelved

16 October 2013

A motion to enact legislation creating the right to collective bargaining was dismissed by the Legislative Council in June 2013, reports Lexology. The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, concluded that the best way to resolve labour disputes is through voluntary collect...


China – Another US company accused of labour violations

16 October 2013

In the run-up to their busiest and most profitable time of year, US-based labour rights group, China Labour Watch, has accused toy giant Mattel of labour violations at supplier factories in China, including failure to pay adequate wages, reports the South China Morning Post.This marks the second...


Japan – Prime Minister vows to deliver higher wages

16 October 2013

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to create a virtuous circle of higher employment and spending and boost Japan’s role in global security, while giving few details on measures to spur investment and competitiveness, reports businessweek.com.Mr Abe’s speech at the opening of the Japanese parliamen...


Saudi Arabia – Ten interesting facts about Saudi employment law

16 October 2013

Navigating the employment laws of foreign countries can prove challenging and can be fraught with many potential pitfalls. A guide has been produced that provides a concise overview of the main points of Saudi Arabian employment law by XpertHR. The government pursues a policy of ‘Saudisation...


New Zealand – Air New Zealand seeks to recruit foreign workers after mass layoffs

16 October 2013

New Zealand’s Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) is ‘absolutely stunned’ that Air New Zealand is applying to employ foreign aircraft engineers in the wake of more than 300 layoffs across the airline and its subsidiaries, reports stuff.co.nz.The EPMU was asked to give feedback on...


Australia – Freelancer leadership to retain control after IPO

15 October 2013

Freelancer.com founder Matt Barrie and his leadership team will maintain almost complete control over the company after the company’s IPO, with the firm’s prospectus revealing plans to issue shares for just 6.9% of the company, reports businessinspector.com.au.The IPO prospectus values Freel...


Qatar – Recruitment agreement signed with 30 countries

15 October 2013

Qatar has signed recruitment agreements with 30 countries in order to source manpower for the current infrastructure projects boom, according to constructionweekonline.com. The announcement was made during the opening of the Grand Mall Hypermarket in Mesaimeer.His Excellency Abdullah Saleh Mubara...