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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...


World – Korn/Ferry reports positive Q2

5 December 2013

Executive search firm Korn/Ferry International (KFY: NYSE) reported revenue of USD 246.2 million during the second quarter ending 31 October 2013, an increase of +20.2% compared with USD 204.8 million for the same period a year ago.The company reported an operating income for the three month peri...


South Africa – Wide ranging labour reform making progress through Parliament

5 December 2013

Most employers across South Africa are aware that changes to the existing labour laws have been proposed for some time now.  Some may not yet have responded to the challenges of the proposed changes because this debate about labour law reform has been on-going since the African National Cong...


Australia – Employment outlook brighter than expected

5 December 2013

The weak employment conditions experienced across Australia over the past year-and-a-half are set to end next year, according to the latest Business Expectations Survey from business information provider Dun and Bradstreet (D&B), reports hcamag.com.This comes despite the International Monetar...


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...