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Malaysia – Government halts the use of outsourcing companies

5 December 2013

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi has announced that the government has terminated the services of outsourcing companies, following numerous complaints of cheating and abuse of workers’ rights, reports themalaymailonline.com.Mr Wan Junaidi said: “We stopped using outsourcing compan...


Nepal – Foreign recruitment firms exploiting jobseekers

5 December 2013

Aspiring migrant workers are paying exorbitant fees to foreign employment agencies in order to secure work abroad. The Nepalese government, meanwhile, is doing very little to clamp down on these agencies that operate at the expense of impoverished Nepalis, hoping to earn decent wages in...


MENA – Workers increasingly distracted at work

5 December 2013

More than half of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region find distractions at work to be a big problem, according to the ‘Distractions at Work in the MENA’ poll conducted by Bayt.com.Social media sites are seen to be the worst offenders for distracting people’s attention aw...


Australia – Clarius Group predicts net loss during H1

4 December 2013

Recruitment firm Clarius Group Ltd (CND: ASX) has warned that it expects to incur a net loss after tax in the range of AUD 1.3 million (USD 1.2 million) to AUD 1.5 million (USD 1.4 million) for the half-year ending 31 December 2013. This compares with a net loss after tax of AUD 500,000 (USD...


Japan – en world launches business in Thailand

4 December 2013

The en world group, a recruiting agency serving mid-career professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, announced that Top Talent Asia, an executive search firm based in Thailand, has officially joined en world group.No details, financial or otherwise, relating to the agreement were disclosed.Top Ta...


World – Banning recruitment fees would help fight against trafficking

4 December 2013

The elimination of labour recruitment fees, a global minimum wage, and tackling the demand for goods and services produced through slavery are all needed in the global fight against human trafficking, said Anne Gallagher a leading expert on the issue of human trafficking, reports trust.org.Ms Gal...


Australia – Employment laws set to change in 2014

4 December 2013

In 2014, there will be a number of significant changes to laws that impact on the workplace. The major change is the commencement of anti-bullying laws on 1 January 2014. The expected 3,500 cases per year is likely to place further strain on the already tight resources of the Fair Work...


Brazil - Around 18,200 temporary seasonal jobs still unfilled

4 December 2013

Of the 160,000 temporary job vacancies across Brazil during the festive season, 11.4% have not been filled. According to new research from the Trade Union for the Provision of Services to Third Parties, Placement and Management of Labour and Temporary work for the state of São Paulo (Sindepr...


Australia – Workplace flexibility remains an issue for families

4 December 2013

Over 60% of Australians reported that their employers still fall short of expectations when it comes to supporting family-friendly work practices, according to a survey by recruitment firm Hays. The results suggest that more could be done to enable both the primary caregiver to remain in employme...


Japan – ThreePro posts disappointing full year results

3 December 2013

Japan-based human resources and employment services firm ThreePro Group (2375: JP) reported revenue of JPY 8.78 billion (USD 85.5 million) for the year ending 31 October 2013, a fall of -6.5% compared with JPY 9.39 billion (USD 91.4 million) a year ago.The company reported an operating profit of...