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  1. Complaints about helper agencies rise

    Posted May 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Complaints about agencies providing domestic helpers are on the increase, with employers feeling cheated when new staff never arrive, quit within days of starting or lack the necessary skills. The Consumer Council received 260 complaints about agencies last year, a 21 per cent increase on the 2010 total of 214. The city has 290,000 domestic helpers, ...

  2. Pay prospects improve as economy picks up

    Posted Mar 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Yee-ping, managing director of personnel agency Centaline Julie's Personnel Consultants, warned workers should be aware that while the job market is picking up, growth is uneven and the pace varies by sector. 'Frontline staff such as salespeople are benefiting from the recovery, but support staff aren't. The legal sector has not picked up even though property and commercial ...

  3. Alert over rogue employment agencies

    Posted Mar 09th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Stella Lee Employers are being conned into hiring foreign maids who don't have work visas Employers were yesterday warned against unscrupulous employment agencies which abuse their trust to engage illegal foreign domestic helpers to work for them. Listing 10 common modus operandi of dishonest agencies, the Immigration Department said potential employers should carefully ...

  4. Creaky jobs machine is back in business

    Posted Apr 24th 2004, 12:00am by Andrea Zavadszky

    ... in fact,' said Paul Ho of Manlink, a recruiting agency specialising in this industry. He pointed out that large construction and property developers such as Shui On and Hsin Chong had changed ... in the six major weekly job search publications. 'The first quarter was very good,' said Alexa Chow, managing director of Centaline Julie's Personnel Consultants. 'Job vacancies ...

  5. Plight of many foreign domestic helpers goes largely unnoticed

    Posted Apr 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... prosper. Their modest incomes sometimes enable them to buy property back home or put relatives through university. But many suffer a level of abuse that shames the good name of Hong Kong. Verbal and physical abuse by employers is common, as is financial extortion by employment agencies. Protection under existing law and/or its enforcement, is inadequate. Justice is further often denied because ...

  6. Shanghai maids-to-order put to test

    Posted Jan 08th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in a creche or sweep and wax a wooden floor within a set time. The event has been organised by several of Shanghai's domestic help agencies. Xia Jun, manager of participating firm Shanghai Jialilai Domestic Service Agency, said: 'We want to change people's perceptions of domestic helpers as poorly educated and clumsy.' The agencies are targeting high-income families, ...

  7. Banks lose shine among local business students

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the core financial area, such as IT. The respondents also appeared to be more favourable about media jobs. Financial news agency Bloomberg, for example, rose 15 places to rank 18th among business ...

  8. Urban jobless goal of 4.5pc on target

    Posted Oct 26th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan China's goal to keep its urban unemployment rate at 4.5 per cent this year is on target despite the disruption to the job market by the outbreak of Sars, says Minister of Labour and Social Security Zheng Silin. Mr Zheng, in his work re ...

  9. Home is where the work is

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for home help, dubious employment agencies are supplying problematic helpers. Disputes referred to the Labour Tribunal and the Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board have been increasing, often ... says problem helpers often come from employment agencies which aren't accredited by the consulates of their home countries. These agencies may fail to vet the candidates adequately ...

  10. HSBC may boost region's workforce 5pc despite cuts

    Posted Feb 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in a US regulatory filing it might face criminal or civil charges from an expanding investigation by several US law enforcement agencies over links to allegedly illegal money transactions ...




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