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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%...


India – Ola suspends Food Panda’s delivery business, cuts staff (Livemint)

22 May 2019

Human cloud ride-sharing firm Ola has suspended online food delivery service Food Panda’s delivery business and laid off approximately 40 mid- to entry-level employees and terminated the contracts of most of its 1,500 food delivery executives, reports Livemint citing sources familiar with the development....


India – 814,000 net jobs created in formal sector in March (Economic Times)

22 May 2019

Net employment generation in the formal sector stood at 814,000 in March 2019, up from 788,000 in February, reports the Economic Times, citing data from the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation. The formal sector refers to work provided by licensed organisations, that is, those who are registered and...


World – A third of the workforce expected to be contractors by 2023: Robert Half

21 May 2019

Global research by international recruitment firm Robert Half found that business leaders expect to achieve a 66:34 split between permanent and temporary workers by 2023.

Robert Half’s research polled over 3,800 business leaders in 12 countries worldwide, and the research found that 97% of business...


World – SMEs driving job growth but rethinking needed to boost productivity, OECD finds

21 May 2019

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are driving job growth, but require higher investment in skills, innovation and technology to raise wages and productivity, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The report, OECD SME and Entrepreneurship...


Australia – More employees to receive a pay rise this year: Hays

21 May 2019

The majority, or 90%, of employers in Australia, will increase salaries in their next review, up from 87% who did so in their last review, according to Hays. However, the value of these increases will fall compared to last year.

Hays found that 65% of employers intend to raise salaries by 3% or less,...


Singapore – Nearly as many men as women are interested in flexible work (Straits Times)

21 May 2019

Men in Singapore have become nearly as interested as women on calling for more flexible work options, reports the Straits Times citing data from Monster.com. The data found that 71% of men and 76% of women surveyed in Singapore want to work more flexible hours. Monster said that traditionally, women...


South Korea – Temporary employees down 0.9% in April, jobless rate rises

20 May 2019

The number of temporary employees in South Korea fell to 4.92 million in April 2019, a decrease of 0.9% when compared to 4.87 million in the same period last year, according to data published from Statistics Korea.

At the same time, the unemployment rate stood at 4.4% in April, up 0.3% year-on-year. The...


Philippines – Online recruitment jumps 13% in March: Monster Employment Index

20 May 2019

Online hiring in the Philippines saw a positive year-on-year growth of 13% between March 2018 and 2019, according to the latest Monster Employment Index for Philippines.

The index is a monthly gauge of online job hiring activity by Monster.com, which records the industries and occupations that show the...