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UK – Agency workers protesting Swedish derogation offered permanent contracts

1 April 2015

Some agency workers at a distribution depot near Swindon, who were at the centre of a dispute over different rates of pay for agency and permanent workers, could soon become permanent employees, reports the Swindon Advertiser.

More than 400 workers at the DHL depot near Swindon are sourced by employment...

Oil-and-gas companies pay $1.3 million in back wages since 2014

31 March 2015

The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $1.3 million in back wages for more than 1,300 workers in the oil-and-gas industry since it launched an enforcement initiative covering New Mexico and west Texas in 2014, the agency reported Monday.

The division found overtime violations...

Australia – Employers to be offered cash to place jobseekers in short-term fixed contract roles

31 March 2015

Employment service providers will be offered cash incentives to place jobseekers in both short-term and long-term positions, under changes announced by Australia’s Federal Government, reports The Guardian.

The new “jobactive” system will offer service providers a payment for filling four week-long...

India – RPO taking off

31 March 2015

Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO); where service providers handle all, or part of, the recruitment process, is taking off in India, reports mydigitalfc.com.

Moorthy K Uppaluri, Chief Executive Officer of Randstad India, commented: “RPO has been adopted by [multi-national corporations] and Indian...

India – Executive search firms reporting increased demand for female execs

31 March 2015

Companies across India are aggressively trying to improve gender diversity at top management level, with four executive search firms together reporting nearly 100 live searches for female C-suite executives, double the number of such searches the same companies had last year, reports The Times of India...

Japan – Overtime worked by full-time employers hit record high

31 March 2015

Japan has long been known as a place where workers toil for long hours and take few holidays and the latest data from the country’s Labour Ministry has done nothing to alter that stereotype, reports asia.nikkei.com.

The average full-time worker in Japan worked 173 hours of overtime last year, seven...

Australia – Minimum wage rise possible

30 March 2015

Australia’s lowest paid workers could receive almost AUD 1,500 (USD 1,162) extra each year if a push for an increase in the minimum wage is approved, reports probonoaustralia.com.au.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) made a submission to the Fair Work Commission calling on the Abbott Government...

Brazil – Temporary job numbers up in the run up to Easter

30 March 2015

Brazilian companies have created an estimated 84,400 temporary jobs in the run up to Easter. Of those jobs, approximately 14,000 are still available, according to figures from Sindeprestem (Trade Union of Outsourced and Temporary Employment Services for São Paulo) and Fenaserhtt (Trade Union of Human...

Zimbabwe – Casualisation of the labour market is detrimental

30 March 2015

The casualisation of the Zimbabwean labour market is a subject of great concern, according to Nhamo Kwaramba, the Principal Executive Consultant for HR services firm Capacity Consultancy Group, reports theindependent.co.zw.

Mr Kwaramba stated: “There is an increase of casual employees filling positions...

World – Adecco Street Day reaches over a million jobseekers

30 March 2015

Adecco, the largest staffing firm in the world, celebrated its third “Street Day” last week, which saw more than 7,300 Adecco staff members in over 1,130 cities in 54 countries hit the streets to help combat youth unemployment.

The job market continues to be difficult for young people, especially...