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Hong Kong – Social perceptions impacting on female career advancement

9 December 2013

Society’s perception of women’s role and the lack of work-life balance are holding women back from advancing in their career compared to men, according to a survey from global recruitment firm Robert Half.In the survey, HR directors were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with a list of reaso...


Malaysia – Social media changing how Malaysians hunt for jobs

9 December 2013

More than half of all Malaysian respondents (62%) reported they were contacted through social media about new employment opportunities in the past year, with a quarter of the respondents saying they had secured a job through social media, according to recruitment firm Kelly Services' latest Globa...


Indonesia – Outsourcing remains a controversial necessity

9 December 2013

One of the key points raised by labour unions during the recent strikes and demonstrations in Indonesia has been the use of outsourcing. Last month, thousands of workers across the country took to the streets to demand that employers stop using outsourcing companies and guarantee that all of thei...


Philippines – Two recruitment firms closed and facing legal charges

9 December 2013

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) closed two firms operating as recruitment agencies without the proper licences or the authority to recruit and deploy Filipino workers abroad, reports the Philippines News Agency.In a press statement, Hans Leo Cacdac, Head of the POEA, iden...


Japan – Artner reports fallen profits

6 December 2013

Japanese recruitment firm Artner Company Ltd (2163: JP) reported revenue of JPY 2.9 billion (USD 28.4 million) for the nine months ending 31 October 2013, a fall of -6% compared with JPY 3.1 billion (USD 30.4 million) last year.The company reported a substantial drop of -45.9% in operating profit...


Australia – Ambition Group forecasts full-year loss

6 December 2013

Australia-based boutique recruitment business Ambition Group (AMB: ASX) has released an update on the market conditions affecting the business and the expected result for the year ending 31 December 2013.In a statement, company Chairman Eric Dodd commented: “Business confidence has been subdued i...


China – Samsung the latest firm accused of mistreating workers

6 December 2013

A supplier for South Korean firm Samsung Electronics is not paying some overtime to workers at its mobile-phone factory in China, according to New York-based labour rights group China Labour Watch (CLW), reports the South China Morning Post.Samkwang Science & Technology in Dongguan also viola...


Malaysia – Freelancer.com to support low earners into freelance work

6 December 2013

Freelancer Limited (FLN: ASX) today announced that Freelancer International Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Freelancer, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) in Malaysia in order to generate additional income for low income househo...


Nepal – Recruiters seek to stop Department of Immigration interference

6 December 2013

The Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) is preparing to go to court in order to seek an end to interference by immigration officials, which it claims has exposed migrant workers to exploitation and unnecessary stress, reports ekantipur.com.NAFEA, an umbrella organisation for...


New Zealand – 90-day trial employment period criticised

6 December 2013

The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (BIE) allows employers to make an offer of employment that includes a trial period of up to 90 days. Trial periods are voluntary, and must be agreed in writing and negotiated in good faith as part of the employment agreement. Figur...