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Australia – Fair Work Ombudsman recovers $400,000 in unpaid wages

24 May 2019

Nearly 1,000 workers in regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have been back paid more than AUD 580,000 (USD 400,000) after Fair Work Inspectors uncovered widespread non-compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.

Inspectors visited 1,385 businesses across cities in Victoria, New South Wales,...


Malaysia – Labour productivity rises in Q1

24 May 2019

Malaysia’s labour productivity rose in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the previous year according to figures from the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

Malaysia measures its labour productivity in two different ways. The first is measured by value added per hour worked. In Q1 this value rose...


India – Companies revamping job roles due to shifting industry trends, survey finds

24 May 2019

More than a third, or 37%, of senior HR professionals in India are focusing on making changes in job descriptions to swiftly adopt changing trends, according to survey data from job portal Shine.com.

Shine also found that 47% of senior HR professionals are predicting a skills shortage in the country in...


China – HSBC plans to add over 1,000 tech jobs (Reuters)

24 May 2019

UK-based banking and financial services giant HSBC plans to add more than a 1,000 jobs this year at its technology development centres in China, as it seeks to bolster its presence in the country, reports Reuters. HSBC will boost headcount at its technology centres in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an...


India – Quess Corp Q4 and full revenue climbs

23 May 2019

India-based staffing provider Quess Corp reported revenue yesterday for the fourth quarter ended 31 March 2018. Revenue was up 21.3% to INR 22.9 billion (USD 328.2 million).

(INR millions) Q4 2019 Q4 2018 Change Q4 2019 (USD millions)
Revenue 22,950 18,910 21.3% 328.2 ...


Japan – Will Group announces partial revision to FY results, but no change on revenue or profits growth

23 May 2019

Will Group (6089:TYO), a Japan-based HR solutions firm focusing on temporary staffing, business contracting and recruitment, announced a partial revision to its full year results ended 31 March 2019.

After the announcement of its FY results last week, the company said there was an error in determining...


Hong Kong – Seasonally adjusted jobless rate steady in April quarter

23 May 2019

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.8% in the period from February to April 2019, the same as that in January to March 2019, according to the Census and Statistics Department.

At the same time, the underemployment rate also remained unchanged at 1.0% in the two periods.

The number of unemployed...


New Zealand – Employers more accepting of job hoppers: Robert Half

23 May 2019

The majority, or 74%, of New Zealand hiring managers would be more willing to hire a candidate who has a history of job hopping, according to research from Robert Half.

A job hopper is defined as someone who has made an average of six job changes within a 10-year period.

Robert Half found that job hopping...


Australia – Melbourne cafe underpaid casual staff more than $25,000

22 May 2019

The operator of a Melbourne café has entered into a court-enforceable undertaking after the Fair Work Ombudsman found it had underpaid 32 casual workers a total of AUD 37,520 (approximately USD 25,800).

Fair Work Inspectors found that Super Max Coffee Pty Ltd, trading as Mitte Café in Fitzroy North...


Taiwan – Unemployment rate rises slightly in April

22 May 2019

The unemployment rate in Taiwan rose by 0.03% in April 2019 to 3.67%, year-on-year, according to data from the Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics.

Compared to March 2019, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.01%. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate rose by 0.01%...