Foreign Workers

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Japan – To expand controversial work permits program to stay for up to five years

Japan is considering expanding a controversial programme that now offers workers from China and elsewhere permits to work for up to three years, as the world’s fastest-aging nation scrambles to plug gaps in a rapidly shrinking workforce.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday submitted a proposal to let workers to stay … Continue reading

Working in Asia Grows Tougher for Westerners

Despite low unemployment and solid hiring across many sectors, the job market in Asia is gradually becoming less welcoming for Westerners. Even before the global financial crisis, newcomers to Asia could not expect to walk into a job in the region unless they had particularly sought-after skills. About 60 percent of job specs processed by … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia / Indian workers to be regularized

Indian workers who have travelled to Saudi Arabia legally will be allowed to regularise their visa status, get new jobs or to return home if they register voluntarily with the Saudi authorities during the three months grace period announced by the Kingdom, according to officials. This was among the issues discussed at the joint group … Continue reading

US / There is no shortage of STEM workers says the Economic Policy Institute

In a new EPI paper, Hal Salzman of Rutgers, Daniel Kuehn of American University and B. Lindsay Lowell of Georgetown University find little evidence to support expansion of high-skill guestworker programs as proposed in the immigration bill being debated in the Senate. Contrary to many industry claims, the study finds that U.S. colleges and universities … Continue reading

Canada’s skilled-worker program / The list of jobs eligible unveiled

Foreign engineers, computer programmers and physiotherapists are among those who will qualify for a revamped federal skilled-worker program when it re-opens next month. Citizenship and Immigration Canada has released its eligible occupations list and named four organizations that will assess the credentials of applicants who studied outside of Canada. These assessments are now mandatory and … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia / Half of firms not hiring enough nationals

Almost half of all companies in Saudi Arabia are failing to comply with rules on employment of citizens, a source at the kingdom’s Ministry of Labour was quoted as saying. Speaking to English language Arab News, the source said 48 percent of 248,828 firms based in the Gulf Arab state are currently classified in the … Continue reading

Switzerland / More Eastern Europeans looking for work

Once the eurozone crisis took hold with particular intensity in Southern Europe, more and more people are looking for work abroad. Switzerland has become an attractive destination for migrants from the East and South. Maja Majchrzak is from Poland. She has worked as a ski instructor since Christmas at the Swiss resort town St. Moritz. … Continue reading

Minimum wage set for Saudisation programme

Saudi Arabia has set a minimum wage of SAR3,000 (US$800) for employees to be considered Saudi nationals under the Gulf state’s Saudisation programme, the Ministry of Labour said. Saudi nationals earning SAR1,500 will be viewed as “half workers” under the Nitaqat programme while those earning less will not be included in saudisation quotas from February … Continue reading

UK / Immigration / Should a fall in immigration be cheered?

“Britain is home to the greatest workforce in Europe. The Poles,” runs a favourite joke of comedian Jimmy Carr. But while immigration might make a good punchline, for many businesses the economic implications of who moves where have a clear effect on the bottom line. Britain has a record of welcoming immigrants, from M&S co-founder … Continue reading

Becoming an Expat Worker in China

Younger people from a wider variety of countries are being attracted to live and work in China, according to a survey. However, becoming an expat in China can be challenging and there is increasing competition from highly qualified Chinese people. Some 70% of expat executives who took part in survey conducted by the Association of … Continue reading

Europe / Brain Drain / Germany pulling away the best and the brightest workers

More than three years into an economic crisis that has threatened to tear Europe apart, one country is still on a hiring spree, and it is pulling away the best and the brightest workers from its neighbors along the way. Thousands of professionals from recession-struck Spain and Greece have been streaming into Germany, where joblessness … Continue reading

86% jobs not suitable for Saudis says Labor Minister Adel Fakeih

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih said yesterday that 86 percent of jobs done by expatriates are not suitable for Saudis. However, he said the new Saudization drive was aimed at creating more jobs for two million unemployed citizens. Speaking to Al-Sharq daily, he said 85 percent of Saudi job seekers are women. “Moreover, 330,000 Saudis, who … Continue reading

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