In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am

Staffing crisis in tourism sector unlikely to abate

A difficult year lies ahead for employers in the tourism sector, according to recruitment and executive search specialist TMS Asia-Pacific. Andrew Chan, the company's Singapore-based managing director, said the ongoing staffing crisis showed no sign of abating because of the booming industry. He said forthcoming big events in the region, such as the Beijing Olympics, Formula One Grand Prix and the 2010 World Expo, would have a massive impact on tourist arrivals, meaning there would be more job vacancies and increased pressure on employers who are already finding it difficult to find and retain qualified staff.

British employers put health and safety onus on employees

More than half of employers in Britain believe health and safety should be the responsibility of the employee, according to research published in British-based HR Magazine. The research, carried out by online information and services provider Consult GEE, found that 72 per cent of the 250 respondents believed the cost of complying with health and safety laws had increased in the past year. It also found that stress was the fastest-growing health and safety risk, followed by trips and falls, back injuries, repetitive strain injuries and bullying.