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Mid-sized companies in Japan are planning to buy robots and other automation equipment in order to combat a growing labour shortage, according to survey data from the Bank of Japan published in Reuters. Mid-sized businesses with share capital of JPY 100 million to JPY 1 billion (USD 0.9 million to 9 million) plan to boost investment by 17.5% this year with an increasing amount of investment dedicated to becoming more efficient. The robots will help… Read more
Working women in China are increasingly reluctant to have children according to survey data from Chinese career platform Zhaopin.
The data found that women in the workplace were less keen to have children because of work pressure and rising expenses. More than 40,200 people participated in this survey this year.
For working women with no children, 40.1% were reluctant to have children, almost double the 20.48% figure for last year. For women who already have… Read more
English is by far and away the most commonly spoken 'first language' among Premier League players. Despite the steady influx of foreign imports over the last 25 years, you'd be incredibly surprised if it wasn't the native tongue of the majority of individuals in England's top flight.
254 current Premier League players speak English as a first language - those who were born and raised in Britain and Ireland, or who hail from countries such… Read more
Nearly half (42%) of potential candidates in China turned down job offers for various reasons, including counteroffers, according to data from ZW HR Consulting, a Chinese mid-senior level staffing solutions and talent management services provider.
The most common reason for rejecting job offers among the surveyed was counter offers. Most candidates would decline a job offer, if another company gave them a better offer than what the current company offers them.
Another reason candidates… Read more
Japan’s real wages adjusted for inflation, fell 0.8% in March from a year ago to mark its biggest rate of decline since June 2015, reports Reuters. The fall was due to low nominal pay hikes and a rise in consumer prices. In nominal terms, wage earners' cash earnings decreased by 0.4% in March, compared to last year, also the biggest rate of decrease since June 2015. Meanwhile, regular pay fell by 0.1% compared to last… Read more
The careers of men and women diverge immediately upon entry into the labour market and thereby contribute to the gender wage gap says a new IZA World of Labor report. The report says that this disparity is partly due to differences in educational choices made by men and women.
The last 50 years have witnessed a notable convergence between men and women in labor force participation, hours worked, wages, and educational level. Despite this… Read more
The number of permanent jobs in Japan grew by 260,000 in March when compared to a year ago, rising for the first time since the global financial crisis and outpacing growth in temporary jobs over the past two years.
Data from the Internal Affairs Ministry shows that part-time, temporary and contract jobs rose by 170,00 over the year in March, below the 260,000 for permanent jobs. Last year, 510,000 permanent jobs and 360,000 non-regular… Read more
Job offers increased in Indonesia and China but fell in Vietnam and South Korea during the three-month quarter ending in March, when compared to the previous quarter, according to data from Japanese recruitment firm JAC Recruitment, published in Nikkei Asian Review. Indonesia’s job offers increased by 43% compared to the previous quarter, the growth was attributed to growing human resources needs related to infrastructure such as railroads and the power grid. Chinese job offers jumped 41% mainly… Read more
A survey from Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, published by Japan News, shows that most Japanese support ‘equal pay for equal work’. The survey which was conducted from March to April, showed that 71% of poll respondents think equal compensation should be paid to those who have the same ability, performance and length of service as other employees, regardless of their employment status as regular or non-regular workers. Meanwhile, the survey also showed that 27%… Read more