Workforce

Is ASEAN’s labour market ready for the future?

The increasing incorporation of technology into modern day workplaces has thrown a spanner in the works especially with the looming risks of jobs being lost to automation and artificial intelligence (AI) – effectively rendering old skills obsolete.

21 March 2020
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Built by women: ASEAN’s hospitality industry

Xuan Thu started at the front desk of Victoria Resort in Can Tho, located at the southern end of Vietnam, and worked her way up to the very top. In a year, she was made Front Office Manager and within another four, she was promoted to Room Division Manager.

22 February 2020
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Is Malaysia doing enough to stop its brain drain?

Malaysia’s target of becoming a high-income economy looks to be on track. Recently, the World Bank reaffirmed its confidence that Malaysia should become a high-income nation by 2024, as long as the country’s gross national income (GNI) per capita continues to grow at a range of four to 4.5 percent.But a talent shortage in the country can slow down progress.

25 August 2019
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Changing attitudes towards women in hospitality

Xuan Thu started at the front desk of Victoria Resort in Can Tho, located at the southern end of Vietnam, and worked her way up to the very top. In a year, she was made Front Office Manager and within another four, she was promoted to Room Division Manager.

27 March 2019
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Building skills of the future

Young people represent the fundamental drivers of economic and social growth and nowhere is this more visible than in Southeast Asia. In a region of more than 630 million people, 60 percent are below the age of 30.However, in an ever-changing global environment, it is vital for the next generation to be prepared for challenges that may or may not be so apparent now.

23 November 2018
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Women’s role and position in hospitality

Xuan Thu started at the front desk of Victoria Resort in Can Tho, located at the southern end of Vietnam, and worked her way up to the very top. In a year, she was made Front Office Manager and within another four, she was promoted to Room Division Manager.

23 November 2018
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The Asia Pacific gender-parity imperative

Gender equality offers a sizeable economic opportunity for any country. A government that hopes to achieve strong growth without tapping into women’s full potential is essentially fighting with one hand tied behind its back.In fact, new research from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) finds that Asia-Pacific economies could boost their collective gross domestic product (GDP) by US$4.5 trillion per year by 2025, just by accelerating progress toward gender equality.

15 June 2018
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Making the most of Asia’s aging populations

Asia is aging fast: by 2040, 16 percent of the region’s population will be older than 65, more than double the 7.8 percent share in 2015. While the rise in healthy life expectancy is a positive development, this demographic shift poses a serious threat to many economies, which are already losing vitality.A consistent supply of young, skilled workers was an essential ingredient of Asia’s rapid economic catch-up process over the last three decades.

30 May 2018
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Minimum wage across Southeast Asia

In a region teeming with potential and growth, the economies of Southeast Asia have seen an improvement that has surpassed expectations from decades ago. However, over the years, the minimum wage in these countries has become an issue. A disgruntled workforce is left to scratch their collective heads in figuring out how to make ends meet with the ever-rising cost of living.

25 May 2018
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Women in ASEAN's labour force

Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication on the Rights of Woman and Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex were ground-breaking texts that dealt with the perceptions and roles of women in a patriarchal world. Both books remain relevant today, as the struggle for gender parity is still very much an ongoing concern. In Southeast Asia, the lack of gender diversification in the workplace is still a visible problem in both, local and international companies throughout the region.

13 May 2018
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Is the ASEAN workforce ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution now a common reality, there is no denying that technology has wrapped its invisible fingers around the lives of people across the globe. By 2020, this revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and self-driving transport, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning, besides modern materials, biotechnology, and genomics. Against this backdrop, employability in a modern world becomes more difficult as new skills need to be adopted.

28 April 2018
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The future of leadership: Leading well-being capital

Many of us are fortunate to live in a world of wealth and health as never before experienced in history. Previous generations have paved the way for rapid economic development, and we now have the luxury of focusing on our well-being. Nations are measuring their citizens’ happiness index, corporations are managing their employee engagement, and individuals are seeking self-fulfillment. However, the world also faces unprecedented levels of volatility and unpredictability.

12 November 2017
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