Values, flexibility and digitisation

Global HR trends and the Pacific Global trends in human resources and recruitment include a greater focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts, recruiting for skills and adaptability (not just formal

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CSOs raise concerns over proposed tax hikes, retirement funds

On the eve of the first budget of Fiji’s coalition government, civil society organisations say they are disappointed with World Bank recommendations to phase out support for the sugar sector and increase taxation.

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New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme: 38,000 workers by 2028?

In an election year, pressure is on for political parties to make policy announcements that capture the public imagination and ultimately garner votes, Charlotte Bedford writes. Inevitably, some surprising promises are

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Progress on PALM worker proposal for shearing industry

Pacific islands workers could be working in Australian sheds this Spring if negotiations with the Federal Government and industry groups can be finalised to allow training to start in August. Long-time Pacific Australia

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Employers say contract workers abandoning contracts; Using Palau as stepping stone to getting U.S. visas

Several employers in Palau complain that many foreign workers have abandoned their contracts in Palau after getting visas to the United States from the U.S. Embassy in Palau. They claim that obtaining U.S. visas from

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PALM departures: 147 workers bound for aged care, horticulture and other jobs

Last week, 147 Fijians underwent pre-departure training prior to working in Australia, amongst them, 56-year-old Ema Navunisaravi, who is going as carer to Western Australia. She says looking after the vulnerable in the

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Nauru recruiter team to conduct interviews in Solomon Islands

A team from Nauru will arrive in Honiara Tuesday to interview Solomon Islanders to work in various jobs in Nauru. The recruitment group will be based at Heritage Park Hotel, whilst conducting the interviews. A reliable

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Welfare and wellbeing of Samoan seasonal workers in Australia important

Samoa’s Ministry of Labour the immediate safety, welfare, wellbeing of Samoan citizens engaged under temporary labour mobility schemes continues to be of paramount importance. According to the ministry, this has

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Guam now has 4,000 H-2B workers

Guam welcomed the 4,000th H-2B worker approved to work on island, representing a record-setting number of foreign workers since the hotel construction boom in 1995.  Originally from Quezon City, Philippines, Ronel

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Vanuatu reviews immigration and labour policies

Vanuatu’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) is undertaking a comprehensive review of immigration and labour policies and legislation to create a system that is attractive to investors and benefits the private

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Australian Coalition to oppose Pacific visa lottery

The Australian federal opposition has ruled out backing a new Pacific visa lottery scheme, labelling it as arbitrary and patronising to the Pacific community at home and abroad. Last month, the government announced

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Australia announces 3,000 visas for Pacific workers

A new visa will allow up to 3,000 people from the Pacific region to migrate to Australia as permanent residents each year, under a scheme modelled on a New Zealand immigration programme. The Pacific Engagement Visa has

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