Singapore to raise wages and hire more workers, survey


Singapore companies are planning to raise wages and hire more workers in the next 12 months, despite a lack of optimism about economic prospects. This is according to a survey by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), which found that 67% of respondents plan to increase wages, with an average rise of 6%. The survey also […]

The First Word: Being skills-powered is non-negotiable today


Traditionally, work was a place we’d go to. But now, it has become more about what we do — from anywhere. It’s all part of a new talent equation of supply and demand based on skills being critical for organizational success. Very soon, jobs will no longer be the sole corporate unit that everything in […]

Indonesia’s new bill to transform state civil service recruitment


Indonesia’s state civil service bill, which is currently being debated in parliament, is expected to bring major changes to the way civil servants are recruited, trained, and managed. Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Abdullah Azwar Anas said the bill would transform the recruitment process to enable a more agile and collaborative government. He also […]

Cultural Diversity: 5 HR practices for Southeast Asia


In today’s globalised world, Southeast Asia stands out as a region of remarkable cultural diversity. Home to a myriad of languages, traditions, and perspectives, this vibrant part of the world presents both opportunities and challenges for businesses. To thrive in this dynamic environment, Human Resources (HR) departments must adopt practices that not only embrace diversity […]

HR Ecosystem Awards: Job Advertising Portal category


Since the advent of digital and information technology, online job portals have been supporting job seekers and recruiters alike. Connections and opportunities have only grown since, especially in light of remote work transforming the workplace. The HR Ecosystem Awards this includes a category for the best Job Advertising Portal in recognition of these platforms’ crucial […]

Singapore labour demand cooling, workers urged to be adaptable


As employment openings may continue to decline due to a lower economic development projection, employees in Singapore are encouraged to be adaptive and open to working in different industries, according to labour watchers. This occurs as there are hints of a slowing in the demand for labour. The recent labour market data from the Ministry […]

McDonald’s Philippines to hire 500 PWDs, senior citizens in 2023


McDonald’s Philippines is committed to hiring 500 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens in 2023 as part of its ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives. The program will be rolled out to key pilot cities across the country, including Pasig, Pasay, Antipolo, Caloocan, Makati, Quezon City, Marikina, and Mandaluyong. Qualified applicants will undergo a training […]

Indonesia’s NET TV reduced workforce to 30%


NET TV has announced a significant workforce reduction through employee layoffs. In a disclosure to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), the free-to-air broadcasting company is currently undergoing adjustments and evaluations, including human resource management. As a result, approximately 30% of the company’s total workforce was affected by the layoffs which started on September 11 to […]

PepsiCo expansion to boost Indonesia workforce


US food and beverage giant PepsiCo is set to generate a significant number of employment for Indonesians, as they have announced a substantial investment of $200 million to build a new snack factory in Indonesia. This move marks the company’s return to the country after a four-year absence. Encompassing an area of 60,000 square meters, […]

The First Word: Adapting to a borderless workforce in Singapore


Every company today is now competing in the global economy. Traditional work models have evolved in the aftermath of the pandemic, and employees and businesses alike have begun to embrace remote work as the future of work. What trends have arised as companies in Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region navigate through the challenges […]

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