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By George Megalogenis
The Australian
July 06, 2009 12:00am

AUSTRALIAN-BORN workers have been shielded from the worst of the global recession, as employers have mainly restricted the economy-wide job losses to migrant workers.

Although unemployment is rising across the board as opportunities vanish, there is a clear divide emerging between the treatment of local and overseas-born workers, The Australian reports.

Australian-born workers dropped 22,000 full-time jobs in the 12 months to May but picked up an extra 74,500 part-time jobs for a net gain of 52,500 positions.

By contrast, migrant workers lost 37,100 full-time jobs, offset by 21,600 extra part-time jobs for a net loss of 15,500.

The detailed research by The Australian suggests employers have been laying off workers on a last-on, first-off basis.

This puts the migrants who claimed the majority of the jobs available at the top of the boom, when the economy faced acute skills shortages, in the employment firing line now.

In the early 1990s recession, non-English speakers were the most disadvantaged as blue-collar manufacturing jobs disappeared.

This time, New Zealand-born workers are the most likely to be retrenched, with 11,000 full-time jobs and a further 9800 part-time jobs shed in the 12 months to May, for a net loss of 20,800.

The Indian-born are faring much better, with 19,500 more full-time and 18,500 more part-time jobs.

This is a sign that shortages remain across significant pockets of the economy as the Indian migrants tend to have higher skills on average.

On the other hand, northeast-and southeast-Asian-born workers have lost their jobs in roughly the same numbers as the New Zealanders.

Overall, English-speaking migrants are down 11,600 jobs in net terms, while non-English speaking migrants have lost 4000 jobs.

Australia has defied the global recession som far, with unemployment at 5.7 per cent. More tellingly, the wider economy has yet to move into the red zone where a larger number of jobs are being lost than are created.

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May 11, 2009 – 6:50AM

A French textile firm has caused outrage by telling nine of its workers that they have the choice between the sack and redeploying to an Indian factory and taking a gigantic pay-cut.

Carreman told its workers at a plant in the southwestern town of Castres that it would offer them pay of 69 euros ($122.37) a month if they moved to Bangalore, union officials said at the weekend.

The minimum legal monthly salary in France is 1321 euros ($2342.82).

Francois Morel, the boss of the factory, told a local paper that before being allowed to lay off the workers he was obliged to offer them work elsewhere in the group under legal requirements which he described as “stupid”.

CGT union official Edmond Andreu told AFP that the offer had provoked “anger mixed with stupefaction” among workers at the factory, who say it is obvious no-one will take up the proposition.

Workers at the Bangalore factory are paid the equivalent of 69 euros a month for working a six-day week, and get an annual bonus of a month’s pay as well as medical insurance.

The nine Castres workers were also offered free plane tickets and a 1000-euro bonus for moving.

Is it possible for non-local graduates to find HR jobs here in AUSTRALIA?
put visa-related matter aside, it seems that non-local HR graduates (including myself) are struggling to find a job that is HR related regardless our proven knowledge and abilities. from first hand experience, i know some companies are even willing to take on board someone with less qualification so long as he/she is local. maybe it has nothing to do with racism. maybe it’s just the way it is? so if that’s the case, can non-locals ever get a chance to proof his/herself, particularly in HR industry? please enlighten me on the issue. thanks…

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