Good news for Singaporean business travellers –  the Singaporean passport has just been ranked as the second strongest in the world. According to Arton Capital’s 2017 Passport Index, Germany took the lead with a visa-free score of 157, allowing holders of the German passport to travel to 157 countries without a visa, or obtain a visa on arrival. While the Lion City overtook South Korea to be ranked second,...

With employers in Putrajaya now responsible in paying foreign worker levies under the Employers Mandatory Commitment (EMC) policy, the Malaysian Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM) told in a Malay Mail Online report that it could cause a spike in construction costs that will eventually be passed on to consumers. As MBAM president Foo Chek Lee urged the government to reconsider the new policy, “with the...

Here are the major promotions and job moves in the world of HR for this week. If you’ve been promoted or if you’ve moved to a new company, let us know and we will announce your news here – just email wania@humanresourcesonline.net. And for the pick of HR job opportunities in Asia, check out HRjobs. HR Practitioner Appointments Michelle Hou takes up role as senior talent acquisition and onboarding...

When it comes to recruiting talent, numbers speak louder than words – hence the importance of offering a compensation package somewhat in line with the candidate’s expectations. The good news for employers in Malaysia is that local graduates have one of the lowest salary expectations in the region. According to Universum’s latest global research, Malaysia’s graduates have the fourth lowest salary...

Mercer has announced today that it has agreed to acquire Thomsons Online Benefits, a leading global benefits software business powered by its award-winning Darwin™ platform. According to the press release, the acquisition will see Mercer and Thomsons combine consulting and broking, with technology that is driving transformation in the way that benefits are designed, communicated and administered. Terms of the...

As we enter the final weeks of 2016, most organisations would have already started putting their plans in place for the coming year. 2016 was a year for digitising HR, and it seems like “be digital” is a phenonemon likely to continue in the year to come. According to a new report by Bersin by Deloitte, in 2017, business and human resource leaders should rethink almost all of their management and HR practices...

DBS Group Holdings has reported to The Straits Times news redeploy at least 12 roles across Asia at its brokerage unit. It is also the latest bank to shrink its trading desk as volumes slump. In an e-mailed response, brokerage DBS Vickers Securities said that it is rationalising its institutional business unit as it seeks to be “more competitive and responsive to market changes”. Speaking to Human...

Calling Asia's best HR solutions providers! Get the recognition you deserve,position your company as the best of the best and get in front of a CHRO judging panelat the HR Vendors of the Year Awards - Book your tables today! This content is sponsored by Orange Clove Catering. Time passes so swiftly that in a month’s time, we will be receiving 2017 and bidding goodbye to 2016. Before we usher into a new...

According to a survey by Accountemps, 34% of employees have left a job because of a strained relationship with a supervisor, and 17% would feel happy if their boss left the company. It is not surprising a boss man, who is controlling and uncaring, is not the most popular person in the office. “Why my boss has such a small brain?” is a common question employees have in mind when working with lousy...