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Japan – Rising costs temper Livesense’s Q1 results

15 May 2014

Japanese job board Livesense Inc. (6054: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 March 2014 of JPY 987 million (USD 9.7 million), an increase of +15.3% compared with JPY 856 million (USD 8.4 million) last year.Operating income for the period fell by -67.2% to JPY 137 million (USD 1.3...


Malaysia – SEEK acquisition given shareholder’s approval

15 May 2014

Malaysian job board JobStreet Corp Bhd (JOBST: MK) was yesterday given shareholders’ approval to sell its online job portal business. The only remaining hurdle in the sale is regulatory approval, reports The Sun Daily.The voting at JobStreet's EGM was conducted by way of poll and saw the resoluti...


Qatar – Ministry exploring all options to ensure workers’ rights

15 May 2014

When asked during a press conference yesterday whether workers would get the right to form unions in the proposed amendments to the new employment law, Ali Ahmad al-Khulaifi, the Director of the Planning and Quality Department at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, said Qatar was alre...


South Korea – SMEs investing in ‘invisible wages’

15 May 2014

An increasing number of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are paying attention to the so-called “invisible wage”, which they believe can improve the working environment, lower high turnover rates, and improve productivity and labour relations, reports english.donga.com.According to a rec...


Australia – Deported foreign workers offered fake passports to return

13 May 2014

Foreign workers caught up in Perth’s illegal labour racket claim they have been offered fake passports so they can return to work in Australia after they have been deported, reports The West Australian.One worker, who asked to be called Jonathon, claimed AUD 1,200 (USD 1,124) was the price of a n...


India – Hiring activity sees growth of 14% in April

13 May 2014

The Naukri Job Speak Index for the month of April 2014 shows a 14 % increase in hiring activity when compared to April 2013. While there was a 7% increase in hiring activity when compared to March 2014.Industry hiring sentiment was buoyant across all the major sectors. The telecoms sector saw the...


Saudi Arabia – Private sector asked to employ disabled

13 May 2014

Riyadh governor Prince Khaled bin Bandar urged the government and private sector to provide jobs to Saudis with special needs. When he was speaking at the opening of the first employment forum and exhibition for the disabled in the Kingdom.He said the forum aims to encourage the employment of cit...


Indonesia – New regulations on foreign manpower recruitment procedures

13 May 2014

Foreign manpower recruitment procedures, as set out under Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Regulation No. PER.02/MEN/III/2008, were considered no longer applicable given the development of manpower nowadays, and therefore the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration promulgated Regulation N...


World – Randstad names most attractive employers

13 May 2014

Randstad Holding NV announced BMW came up top in a global survey to find the most attractive employers. Approximately 61 percent of survey respondents worldwide would like to work for BMW. The car maker ranked high in “competitive salary & employee benefits,” “pleasant working atmosphere” and...


East Asia – World Bank urges countries to adopt social protection policies

13 May 2014

As rapid economic development has pushed the percentage of people working in most East Asian countries to among the highest in the world, policy makers should enact labour regulations and social protection policies to benefit all workers, including those in the large informal economy, according t...