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Australia – Mind the pay gap

25 November 2014

The gender pay gap in Australia is at its widest in the finance, engineering, and media sectors, where women are paid much less than men because they get smaller bonuses, reports the Australian Financial Review. Figures from mortgage firm Australian-first, reveal that women working at compan...


Sri Lanka – Thousands temporary workers to be made permanent

25 November 2014

Following Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s budget speech last month, proposing that temporary and contract workers who work for more than 180 days in one job be made permanent employees; it has been announced that nearly 5,000 temporary workers at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will b...


Fiji – Foreign employment service to help Fijians find work overseas

25 November 2014

Fiji's Foreign Employment Service (FORES) will select and prepare workers to participate in the first phase of the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme, reports pina.com.fj. FORES was officially launched in July this year to help Fijians find employment overseas. The pr...


Japan – Demand for foreign workers up amid rising tourism

24 November 2014

Demand for foreign workers has been strong in Japan over the past few years, following a rise in the number of foreign tourists and a growing number of Japanese companies expanding their business abroad, reports Kyodo News. Globalpower, a Tokyo-based staffing agency that specialises in the p...


Malaysia – Number of foreign workers must be reduced, says Human Resources Minister

24 November 2014

The number of foreign workers in Malaysia has to be reduced, according to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot, reports The Borneo Post. Quoting figures from Malaysia’s Statistics Department, he said that 6.7 million of the more than 30 million people residing in Malaysia are for...


UAE – Pilot project to train and test foreign construction workers launched

24 November 2014

A pilot project has been launched to train and test the skills of 2,500 construction sector workers before they enter the UAE, according to the country’s Ministry of Labour (MoL), reports emirates247.com. Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, said: “The 2,500 workers will be recruited randomly f...


Australia – CFOs report strong job satisfaction

24 November 2014

Australia’s financial leaders are happier in their roles than they’ve ever been, with job satisfaction leading the majority of Chief Financial Officers (CFO) to want to remain in their role for the long term, according to the Michael Page Global Insights CFO and Financial Leadership Barometer.The...


Malaysia – SEEK completes acquisition of JobStreet

21 November 2014

Australian job board SEEK (SEK: ASX) announced today that SEEK Asia, a majority owned subsidiary, has finalised the acquisition of 100% of the online employment business of Malaysia-headquartered JobStreet.The total consideration paid by SEEK Asia was MYR 1.89 billion (USD 586 million).SEEK plans...


Singapore – Bosses open to upping re-employment age, business groups more wary

21 November 2014

Despite warnings from business groups that the legislation could raise employers’ costs, companies have shown a general acceptance of new legislation to raise the re-employment age from 65 to 67 in early 2016, reports The Straits Times. Under the Retirement and Re-employment Act (2012), empl...


Korea – Thousands of temporary workers strike, demanding permanent jobs

21 November 2014

Approximately 20,000 non-regular school workers launched a two-day strike yesterday citing unfair employment practices and demanding to be hired as full-time staff, reports The Korea Herald. The workers, who make up about 30% of the three major unions for contract school workers nationwide,...