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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Japan are failing to meet disability employment rate quotas, according to a study from Japan-based recruitment and job information provider En-Japan Inc.
The study found that 60% of SMEs have not met their quotas for mandatory employment of people with disabilities.
As of April 2018, Japanese law requires private-sector firms to meet a quota of 2.2% for employees with disabilities. Prior to this, the quota was 2.0%.
En-Japan’s study,… Read more
China’s services sector grew at its quickest pace in five months in November, reports Reuters. The growth was attributed to an uptick in new orders, however the outlook for businesses over the next year worsened for the third month. The Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 53.8 in November from 50.8 in October, well above the 50.0 mark, which represents an expansion. This month’s rebound off the 13-month low in October suggests pockets of strength… Read more
Employees in China say company culture is the most important factor when attracting and retaining employees, surpassing salary and benefits. according to research from Chinese career platform Zhaopin.
Zhaopin found that an open and free working environment (43%), respect for employees (32%), and keeping commitments to employees (30%) were the most valued elements of company culture.
Meanwhile, according to Zhaopin, inspiring and motivating employees has been a big challenge for employers. The sense of achievement… Read more
On the 16th November, Team China attended an event hosted by the LSE Confucius Institution at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Chair was Professor Kent Deng and the guest speakers included:
What’s the most valuable second language to learn? Is it German? Spanish? Mandarin?
Well according to research, it's none of the above. An analysis by Adzuna reveals that candidates can earn £16k more by learning the romantic language of coding.
Whilst learning a programming language is unlikely to help you order coffee in an exotic destination, jobs that require it as a skill earn on average £16,523 more per year than positions which require… Read more
The supply chain is experiencing a rather severe labour deficit – and it doesn’t look like it’s about to recover any time soon. In fact, according to The World Bank, the global problem is going either to remain the same, or in the worst-case scenario, deteriorate even further over the next five years.
By Alex Leonards, Assistant Editor
Fixing the problem isn’t going to be simple, partly because it manifests itself in different ways based… Read more
Supply chain inefficiencies and miscommunication through “Chinese Whispers” are costing UK businesses over £1.5bn in lost productivity according to analysis of industry data from digital freight forwarder Zencargo.
Resolving this could contribute to reducing the productivity gap that is harming British firms.
Detailed analysis of over 100 shipments from a cross section of UK industries suggests that UK businesses that trade internationally are wasting over three hours on average per individual shipment.
In particular,… Read more
This research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Abu Dhabi: A team of researchers has uncovered the distinct computations that occur when we switch between different languages, a finding that provides new insights into the nature of bilingualism.
“A remarkable feature of multilingual individuals is their ability to quickly and accurately switch back and forth between their… Read more
On Saturday 10 Nov 2018, Team China members attended a China Business Forum entitled: "Business and China - Opportunities from Confucius' Hometown Shandong".
The event was hosted by the LSE Confucius Institute and David Stringer–Lamare (Chairman of the Institute of Directors) and was held in the Member’s Dining Room, House of Commons. This was a unique opportunity for Team China to find out more about China-related business opportunities, network with senior business people and enjoy… Read more
Average advertised vacancies in the UK declined by 3.1% in September 2018 when compared to the same period last year, according to Adzuna’s latest report on jobs.
Total advertised vacancies this month sit at 1,121,754. This was 3.1% lower than the same period last year and a 1.4% slump from August 2018.
Despite the fall in vacancies, the competition for these vacancies is at an all-time low. It has fallen to a new low since… Read more