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South Pacific – Fiji labour ministry warns of dodgy recruiters

22 March 2013

The ministry of labour on the Fiji islands has warned jobseekers to be careful when dealing with recruitment agents who offer overseas jobs. This followed a news report in the Fiji Times which revealed dodgy employment practices among recruiters who charged certain fees to candidates.

The National Employment Centre director, Viliame Cagilaba, said only a small number of recruiters are allowed to carry out recruitment services in the country.  

“All the rest are illegal. Do not be lured by these agencies, there are certain fees that should not be charged so if an agency is charging you, then it is breaching the employment regulations. There are only certain fees regulated, other than that, it is illegal to demand money from your clients,” he said.

He advised jobseekers to check with recruiters whether they are registered with the ministry and prove their authenticity.

“We are not stopping people from going overseas to work but they need to be given the right opportunities and also from the Ministry of Labour side, we do not want to send people to countries that are below our standards in terms of laws governing workers,” said Mr Cagilaba.

“We just want these agencies to follow the law, especially because they are dealing with human resources.”

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