Pandemic: A Threat To Indonesia’s Poor

Indonesia made history just two years ago by reaching the milestone of a single-digit poverty rate for the first time since its independence in 1945. The percentage of those below the poverty line – with incomes of less than US$2.50 per day – fell below 10 percent (9.82 percent) at the national level for the first time in March 2018. Following the COVID pandemic, there is concern that poverty could once again rise and reverse years of positive work.

26 May 2020

Tough for women to return to work

There is a downward trend in the number of women participating in the workforce as they go up the career ladder. Women may make up half of all the entry-level positions in companies, but at middle management, that number drops.

7 March 2020

Philippine volcano has destroyed livelihoods

Decimated fish, scarred coffee plants and vanished tourists: the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines has inflicted significant damage on the livelihoods of tens of thousands and is expected to cause more.When Taal exploded to life last Sunday it spewed towering columns of fine grey ash, which officials said destroyed crops and killed off potentially tonnes of fish raised in the lake that rings the volcano."We lost a lot of money because all our fish are gone," said Cesario Rodr

19 January 2020

The unemployment mess in Malaysia

Picture this: You spend years studying for a degree. After graduating, naturally, you start looking for a job so you can be your own person and not have to rely on your parents anymore. There aren’t many jobs available at the moment but you apply for the ones that are and that suit you – a graduate – and your newly acquired qualifications. Months pass and you still find yourself unemployed, not earning a salary.

23 December 2019

Skills or jobs: Which should Cambodia focus on?

Cambodia boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Southeast Asia. According to research platform for investors, Macrotrends, this number stood at 1.05 percent in 2018, putting its unemployment rate only higher than Thailand’s (0.67 percent) and Lao PDR’s (0.61 percent) when compared to other ASEAN countries.The idea that Cambodia has such a low unemployment rate may seem like good news for Cambodians at first glance.

27 November 2019

Indonesia bans pregnant, LGBT job hunters

Several Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled, or LGBT job hunters in favour of what one called "normal" applicants, the Ombudsman said Friday, slammed as "arbitrary and hateful restrictions" by a rights group.The report comes as the world's biggest Muslim majority country takes applications from millions of candidates who are applying for some 200,000 civil-service jobs nationwide.Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of some 260 million, has seen a

24 November 2019

Are Thais worried about jobs?

In sharing their opinions regarding what their government should prioritise in the 2020 fiscal budget, 65.9 percent of Thais polled by the Super Poll Research Centre placed healthcare as their top concern.

5 November 2019

Humanoid robots in Malaysia

Malaysia is embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), as seen at the recent Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. Organised by Serba Dinamik Holdings, the summit showcased advanced Industry 4.0 technologies and the world's first social humanoid robot, Sophia.Sophia is an artificially intelligent robot who was named the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Innovation Champion in 2017.

22 July 2019

Who is to blame for Malaysia’s jobless youths?

In 2018, Malaysia had its first change of government since independence from the British over six decades ago. Malaysians had high hopes for the newly elected government; expecting radical changes and improvements in governance. However, there has been a sense of disappointment and growing frustration as the new government there continues to show no real progress since coming into power.

2 April 2019

Disruptive technology could cost Thai jobs

Despite launching the Thailand 4.0 initiative two years ago, Thailand is on track to lose as many as three million jobs over the next 20 years if it fails to adapt to new disruptive technologies, according to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).Thailand 4.0 is a new economic model launched by the Thai government which aims to transform the country into a high-income nation.

31 October 2018

Youths bullish on impact of technology on jobs

Youths in the region are extremely positive about the impact of technology on job prospects and income, a survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Singapore-based internet company, Sea has revealed. Of the over 40,000 respondents, around 52 percent of the under-35 generation across the region believe that technology would be able to increase the number of jobs. 67 percent said they believed it would lead to an increase in their ability to earn higher incomes.

18 October 2018