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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...


Tanzania – Recruitment agency denies fraud

14 February 2014

Tanzanian recruitment firm Erolink Recruitment Agency has refuted claims that it was defrauding its workers by under-paying them and denying them their rights. The company also denied reports that the agency’s Director has fled the country following allegations of tax fraud, reports ippmedia.com....


Qatar – FIFA can do little about World Cup slave labour conditions

14 February 2014

FIFA, the world footballing authority conceded yesterday, that there was little it could do to remedy the ordeal for migrant workers in Qatar, who are reduced to slave labour conditions in creating the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, reports The Guardian.Despite acknowledging the poor...


Japan – Outsourcing posts positive full year results

13 February 2014

Japanese staffing firm Outsourcing Inc. (2427: JP) reported revenue for the year ending 31 December 2013 of JPY 47.4 billion (USD 462.4 million), an increase of +12.6% compared with JPY 42.1 billion (USD 410.7 million) in 2012.The company achieved an operating income of JPY 1.2 billion (USD 11.7...


Australia – SEEK reports positive job ad numbers amid record unemployment

13 February 2014

The latest figures from Australian job board SEEK Limited (SEK: ASX), show that the labour market is seeing a continuation of the more positive trends that were observed in late 2013. However, the positive announcement from SEEK comes at the same time the Australian Bureau of Statistics reve...


Colombia – Labour minister denounces labour market middlemen

13 February 2014

Colombia’s Minister of Labour, Rafael Pardo, has denounced labour market intermediaries for charging job applicants placement fees, a practice that is illegal in Colombia, reports portafolio.co.Minister Pardo made the announcement in the city of Villavicencio, situated 45 miles south-east of the...