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Australia – Plans to raise retirement age to 70 criticised

16 May 2014

The Australian government’s plan to raise the state pension age to 70, up from 65 at present, has been criticised as unfair for those in physically demanding jobs, the poor, and indigenous people, reports tulsaworld.com.Increasing the pension eligibility age to 70 by 2035 was one of the measures...


Japan – Nippon Information surpasses upwardly revised full year forecast

15 May 2014

Staffing services provider Nippon Information Development Co. Ltd. (2349: JP) yesterday reported revenue for the year ending 31 March 2014 of JPY 16.1 billion (USD 157.8 million), an increase of +3.8% compared with JPY 15.5 billion (USD 152 million) last year.The company achieved an operating pro...


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...