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This year, more expats will be feeling the pinch of providing for their children abroad – and if the company covers these costs, employers will feel the pinch. ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey 2018 found that school fees in the East rose up to an average of US$16,403 per year from US$14,150. Fees in China rose from US$25,820 in 2017 to US$33,591 in 2018 and fees in Singapore rose from US$23,198...

Perak Health, Consumer Affairs, Civil Community, National Integration and Human Resources Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said there should be anti-discrimination laws to ensure that capable disabled persons are offered jobs in the public and private sector, as reported in The Star Online.  Sivanesan told reporters that “there needs to be a law to ensure the disabled community be allocated a certain...

 Deloitte Singapore has launched its Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) to hire and train individuals who wish to make a mid-career switch and take up a position with its consulting practice. The PCP was developed in collaboration with Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), making it the first organisation to establish a PCP for consulting jobs. The programme is open...

Alibaba Group on Monday (18 June) deepened its commitment to Malaysia, as it opens an office in Kuala Lumpur to help Malaysian businesses identify global cross-border trade opportunities. Alibaba described the office as a “one-stop shop” for Malaysian small and medium-sized enterprises, providing support and platforms to assist them to drive exports, extensive training programmes and cloud-computing services...

Flexible working hours for women in relevant employment areas should be implemented in this country, says deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in a report by Bernama. She said it was to optimise the role and contribution of women in the employment sector while they remain committed to balancing their responsibilities as a wife and mother. She said: “We have to think about how to enable...

 A study by Korn Ferry reveals that, the Asia Pacific region faces an imminent labour shortage of 12.3 million workers by 2020, with the possibility of rising to 47 million by 2030 at an annual opportunity cost of US$4.238 trillion. Financial and business services will be hardest hit across the region, with a deficit of 3.7 million workers by 2030, resulting in an annual opportunity cost of more than $439.62...

It might be a tough situation when a valuable employee resigns. Apart from the 12 essential exit interview questions you need to ask, we spoke to Luigi Bellopede, ASEAN human resources and organisational director of Prysmian Group on how to manage a smooth offboarding process in this exclusive. When it comes to a staff leaving, what are the top complications that HR usually overlook? If we talk about staff...

In a survey on mental health issues faced by expatriates, depression turned out to be most prevalent condition (with a 50% increase between 2014-16), followed by anxiety (28% prevalence increase). Aetna International’s report on 5,000 members, Expatriate mental health: Breaking the silence and ending the stigma, also found that globally, women between the ages of 30-49 are the most likely to seek treatment for a...