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Japan – Government panel recommends relaxing dispatch regulations

30 January 2014

The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry yesterday recommended that the regulations on temporary workers (known locally as dispatch workers) be relaxed to allow employers to offer the same temporary positions for more than three years, reports globalpost.com.A bill to revise the Worker Dispatching...


Hong Kong – Labour dispatch regulations issued

30 January 2014

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued, on the 24 January 2014, the Provisional Regulations on Labour Dispatch (“Labour Dispatch Regulations”), which clarify many important issues regarding the use of dispatched/contingency workers left unaddressed in the Employment Contract L...


Singapore –Skilled jobs creation to fall by a third in 2014

30 January 2014

Singapore’s main economic planning agency expects that the number of new skilled jobs created in 2014 will decline by between -25% to -35%, compared with the number created in 2013, reports news.asiaone.com.The Economic Development Board (EDB) expects Singapore to create between 14,000 and 16,000...


Australia – ICT job market softens

30 January 2014

The ICT labour market has been affected by the general downward business trend, according to the SkillsMatch Dashboard and Trends Report for the October to December quarter from the Information Technology Contract & Recruitment Association (ITCRA). For the first time the ITCRA’s index has rec...


World – Executive search firms more confident

29 January 2014

The 2014 Global Executive Outlook Report just released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and online career management service BlueSteps shows that 51% of senior executives worldwide hold a positive outlook for the global executive job market for 2014, an increase of +15% c...


World – It now takes twice as long to get a job

29 January 2014

The competition for jobs is not only greater following the economic downturn, it is also more drawn out, as candidates are left sweating through a month-long process of interviews, reports afr.com. The average time it takes to secure a new job has doubled over the past five years.Recruitment indu...


Australia – Labour hire and union corruption in the construction industry

29 January 2014

Union officials and labour hire companies have formed corrupt relationships with organised crime figures and receive payments in exchange for arranging lucrative contracts in the construction industry, reports abc.net.au. A joint investigation by ABC's 7.30 programme and Fairfax Media discovered...


New Zealand – Labour market moving but not red hot

29 January 2014

Following on from recruitment firm Hudson’s survey that concluded that six out of 10 workers would leave their current job for a better salary,  New Zealand economists remain sceptical that conditions are favourable for pay increases, reports sharechat.co.nz.Bill Rosenberg, an economist...


Thailand – Fifth of employees got no bonus last year

29 January 2014

More than a fifth (28%) of employees in Thailand revealed that they were not awarded any bonuses in 2013, according to a survey from online job board, Jobstreet.com. The survey also showed that 12% of those with no bonus last year, were not sure if they would get a bonus this year.Of those e...


Hong Kong – Positive outlook for hiring in 2014

28 January 2014

Ambition Group, the global boutique recruitment business is optimistic regarding hiring trends in Hong Kong in 2014, according to a newly released research report entitled, ‘Market Trends & Salary Report 1H 2014’. Every six months, Ambition releases the report with a commentary on the current...