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New Zealand – Economic recovery is lifting salaries

24 January 2014

Employees across New Zealand has been patient with their employers over the past few years, aware that the global financial crisis and subsequent recovery period have created a tough market place. However, according to the New Zealand Herald, the tide is turning and more employees intend to seek...


China – Temporary workers used as the government’s scapegoats

23 January 2014

A culture of blaming temporary workers is rife across China, according to the New York Times. Known locally as lin shi gong, temporary workers are often the de facto scapegoats in times of corporate or governmental scandal.In July 2013, two female traffic police offers got into a fistfight in Heb...


India – Job market stabilising

23 January 2014

India's professional job market has settled over the past year as company redundancies have declined almost by half, and organisations planning to hire candidates in the next quarter are expected to rise, according to a survey from recruitment firm Antal International. The proportion of comp...


Hong Kong – Businesses struggling to source talent

23 January 2014

Hong Kong remains competitively positioned to attract companies looking to establish a presence in Asia, especially multinationals looking to gain a foothold in China, according to the Michael Page Hong Kong 2014 Salary & Employment Forecast. However, talented professionals remain in short su...


Malaysia – Ambitious workers more likely to quit to advance their careers

23 January 2014

Almost seven in 10 (66%) employees in Malaysia plan to leave their job in the next 12 months to advance their career, according to the Game-Changer #3 survey from the 2013/2014 Randstad World of Work Report.The report found that Malaysian employees are among the most ambitious in the re...


South Africa – Minimum wage could give rise to a labour black market

23 January 2014

Economists are warning that employment in South Africa is likely to be adversely affected if the national minimum wage (NMW) policy is implemented, reports moneyweb.co.za. The African National Congress (ANC) proposed a wage floor for all employed South Africans of ZAR 4,500 (USD 415) per month as...


Saudi Arabia – Foreign worker exodus impacting the economy

23 January 2014

The impact of Saudi Arabia's crackdown on illegal foreign workers is spreading through its economy, moving beyond the labour-intensive construction industry to sectors as far afield as banking and telecommunications, reports Reuters.Nearly one million foreign workers, out of an estimate...


Brazil – Job creation at lowest level since 2003

22 January 2014

The number of new jobs created in Brazil during 2013 was at its lowest level since 2003. During the course of the year the economy added 730,687 new jobs, reports economista.com.mx. The reduction in the number of new jobs created follows three years of meagre growth.Despite fewer available jobs,...


South Africa – Five years to investigate a minimum wage

22 January 2014

The South African Department of Labour will devise proposals over the next five years for the introduction of a national minimum wage. They will also look into the provision of retirement savings for workers, as outlined in the National Development Plan and the election manifesto of the African N...


New Zealand – Strong annual jobs growth reported

22 January 2014

A government report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, entitled Jobs Online, revealed strong job growth for skilled workers in December 2013 compared with last year, reports radionz.co.nz. The report analysts figures from the two main online job boards; Seek and Trade Me.A...