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China – Job market remains stable (China.org.cn)

18 September 2019

China's job market remained generally stable in the first eight months of the year, with the number of newly created jobs achieving 89.5% of this year's target, reports China.org.cn, citing data from the National Bureau of Statistics. A total of 9.84 million new urban jobs were created during the January-August...

New Zealand – Government announces changes to temporary work visas

17 September 2019

New Zealand’s government has announced changes to employer processes and visas.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said between now and 2021, it is making changes to the way employers recruit some migrants for temporary work in New Zealand.

These changes include:

  • introducing a new...

Singapore – Job mismatches decline 8% over past 4 years: Indeed

17 September 2019

The gap between job postings and jobseekers in Singapore declined from 44% in January 2015 to 36% in May 2019, according to data from Indeed.

Indeed’s data found that talent shortages in Singapore still exist, particularly for technology roles such as software engineer, software architect,...

Singapore – Ministry of Manpower imposes highest fine ever under Workplace Safety and Health Act

17 September 2019

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower fined the sole owner of Hiap Seng Lorry Enterprises 140,000 (USD 101,600) under the Workplace Safety and Health Act for a fatal incident resulting from unsafe lifting operations. 

The Ministry said it was the highest fine thus far imposed on an individual prosecuted...

Japan – More than half of freelance workers harassed at work (The Mainichi)

17 September 2019

Approximately 60% of freelance workers in Japan have experienced power harassment (by abuse of power) and close to 40% have been subject to sexual harassment, reports Mainichi, citing the results of a survey announced by three freelancer groups: the professional and parallel career freelance association,...

Australia – Ceridian acquires workforce management solutions firm Riteq

16 September 2019

US-based Ceridian, a human capital management technology company, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Riteq, an Australia-based provider of enterprise workforce management solutions.

The acquisition was previously announced on 5 September 2019 and closed and became effective last Friday....

Japan – Nisso Corporation enters joint venture with Nikon’s dispatch worker subsidiary

16 September 2019

Nisso Corporation, a Japanese human resources firm providing staffing services, announced that it has signed contracts regarding a collaboration on dispatch workers (term for temporary staffing) with electronics and camera giant Nikon’s subsidiary Nikon Staff Service Corporation (NSS).

In January 2020,...

Australia – Union takes Uber to court over unfair dismissal claim (Business Insider)

16 September 2019

Australia’s Transport Workers Union is taking Uber to court following a food delivery driver’s unfair dismissal case, reports Business Insider, citing a report from The Australian. The Union is appealing a decision by the Fair Work Commission which rejected an unfair dismissal claim by sacked Uber...

India – Increase in IT flexi-staff hiring could lead to rising costs for companies (LiveMint)

16 September 2019

A move toward project-based work is prompting India-based IT services companies to adopt the flexi-staff model while hiring professionals in high-tech areas, spelling rising costs for companies, reports LiveMint. Clients are increasingly moving to project-based work instead of long-term contracts, wherever...

World – ILO campaign to ratify international labour standards shows progress

13 September 2019

Nearly a third of member states of the International Labour Organisation have heeded the call to ratify at least one international labour standard to mark the ILO’s 100th anniversary.

Sixty-one countries have ratified ILO Conventions or Protocols since the beginning of 2018, following a call for...