ASEAN fathers need paternity leave

It is a universal assumption that mothers are the ones who take care of children, but more fathers are now taking time off to look after their new-born babies and their partners, soon after childbirth.

24 February 2020

Brexit deadlock: British PM offers Dec 12 poll

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday proposed settling the Brexit crisis through an early election on December 12 that could help Britain finally find a way out of the European Union.The Conservative leaders' offer comes with his party leading opinion surveys and the opposition split over whether to back a snap poll or to seek a new EU membership referendum that could undo the one triggering Brexit in 2016.It also suggests that Johnson has all but given up on his repeated pledge t

25 October 2019

Philippines’ fast-growing gig economy

More professionals are joining the gig economy to look for additional income or a change of pace in work. The gig economy refers to the hiring of independent contractors and short-term workers by businesses.

9 October 2019

Migrants forgo comfort for cash on Hanoi’s Red River

Card games and karaoke help migrant workers pass the time on the cramped houseboats of Hanoi’s Red River, swapping their privacy to eke out a living selling fruit for a few dollars a day. Temporary residents of these open-air boats have left the countryside in search of higher wages in the city.Life on a floating guesthouse can be tough.

13 September 2019

Paternity leave in ASEAN

It is a universal assumption that mothers are the ones who take care of children, but more fathers are now taking time off to look after their new-born babies and their partners soon after childbirth.

6 August 2019

Construction in Cambodia lacks safety

The construction industry in Cambodia is booming due to rising foreign investments. In 2019, the country’s construction sector attracted a total investment of US$3.39 billion, which is an increase of 57.5 percent over the same period last year.

3 August 2019

Ageing Thais could hurt economy

In less than 20 years, almost one in four people – roughly 24 percent of the population – in Thailand would be aged 65 and over, thus making the kingdom a hyper-aged society. The United Nations (UN) defines an ageing society as one where more than seven percent of the population is older than 65. An aged society has more than 14 percent of the population older than 65, and finally, a hyper-aged society is one where upwards of 20 percent of the population is aged over 65.

14 September 2018

Weak labour productivity a threat to ASEAN’s potential

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a collective of 10 economies has made immense strides over the past 51 years. A significant milestone for the bloc was the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 which aims to achieve a vision for a dynamic and competitive market encompassing all 10 states.At the crux of such an ambition is the huge potential of a demographically young region of over 630 million people – with 60 percent below the age of 30.

7 June 2018

Singapore to increase labour force productivity to counter aging demographics

Singapore’s economy expanded by 3.5% in 2017, according to estimates released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry earlier this month. Yet the percentage of its labour force aged over 60 years also rose from 6.1% in 2007 to 14.1% in 2017, according to a recent report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).The labour force participation rate (LFPR) in 2017 meanwhile dropped to 67.7% from 68% in 2016 according to MOM data.

29 January 2018

Aging Singapore faces declining labour supply

While Japan had the biggest slump in its workforce in Asia over the last 10 years, Singapore has the most to fear from an aging population over the next two decades.The city state will face a double whammy: a shrinking workforce and slower progress than Asian neighbours in getting more people into the labour market.

6 September 2017