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Oman – 100,000 expat workers to lose their jobs

18 February 2014

Minister of Manpower, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, on Monday announced the reduction of the level of expatriates working in the private sector in the Sultanate from its current level of 39% of total manpower to 33%, reports the Oman News Agency. As a result, the number of expat worke...


Philippines – High salary a big draw for jobseekers

18 February 2014

According to a recent study conducted for JobStreet.com, 67% of respondents across the Philippines say that a good or high paying salary would make them want to apply for a job, reports business.inquirer.net.Following the launch of a new feature called ‘Salary Matching’ on JobStreet.com, prospect...


World – Oil & Gas contractor numbers set to rise

17 February 2014

The considerable growth and investment in the global energy and natural resources market has opened up opportunities for skilled talent to consider overseas assignments, according to the ‘Mobilisation and its impact on the global Oil & Gas market’ report from recruitment specialists Progressi...


World – Bleak global jobs outlook

17 February 2014

Weak global growth had a cascading effect on hiring activities across most regions in 2013, according to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Global Employment Trends 2014 report. Notwithstanding a +1.9% rise in South Asia hiring, employment rates saw a decline in most parts of the world...


Vietnam – Pasona opens second regional office

17 February 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Pasona (2168: JP) announced the launch of a new office in Hanoi in order to expand its offering in Vietnam. Pasona Tech Vietnam Co. Ltd. currently operates in Ho Chi Minh and will start offering services in Hanoi from 1 March 2014.There are an estimated 1,077 Japanese co...


Singapore – Fircroft establishes Asia-Pacific headquarters

17 February 2014

UK-based engineering recruitment company Fircroft announced the establishment of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. From its new base, the company will oversee and service more than 2,500 contract engineers in the energy and resources industries across the region, including Australia, In...


Singapore – Repatriation companies under scrutiny

17 February 2014

Singapore needs foreign workers but doesn't want them to overstay their welcome, as firms get fined when they do. That has created a market for ‘repatriation companies’, which deny allegations from activists and the United States that they use illegal tactics to expel foreign workers, reports the...


Hong Kong – Standardised working hours legislation criticised

14 February 2014

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce has announced its opposition to legislation on standard working hours, and warns that implementation will be difficult and may worsen employer-staff relations, reports thestandard.com.hk.Chamber Chief Executive Shirley Yuen and the Chamber’s representativ...


Singapore – Nine out of 10 looking for overseas jobs

14 February 2014

Despite Singapore’s economic progress and the fact that many foreign professionals want to work in the country, a recent survey from online job board Jobstreet.com revealed that 88% of Singaporeans hope to build a career abroad, reports sbr.com.sg.Almost a third (28%) of working Singaporeans say...


Indonesia – Foreign worker numbers falling

14 February 2014

The number of expatriates working in Indonesia has declined over the last three years, reports Indonesia-investments.com. Based on data from the Ministry of Manpower & Transmigration, there were 68,957 expatriates working in Indonesia in 2013, a -4.8% decline from 2012. The main reason for th...