UOB launches initiative to help business clients hire those with disabilities

SINGAPORE (July 16): To help put more people with disabilities into jobs, United Overseas Bank (UOB) on Tuesday launched a programme to connect their private sector clients with social service agencies that can help with the hiring process.

Called The Unlimited, the initiative was unveiled to more than 160 business leaders over dinner at the St Regis Singapore. This inclusive hiring effort sees the bank partnering SG Enable, Autism Resource Centre (ARC), Movement for the Intellectually Disabled (Minds) and SPD, formerly known as the Society for the Physically Disabled.

Flexible working should be a business rather than gender issue, says Hays

SINGAPORE (May 29): Offering flexible working hours is key to improving a company’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) effectiveness – not as a “female friendly” policy just for the benefit of working mothers, but simply a “family friendly” one.

This is according to professional recruiting group Hays plc, who says flexible working is a “highly effective tool” to achieving better diversity, and that it should be implemented early in the recruitment stage.

More job openings than job seekers for 3rd consecutive quarter despite improving labour market: MOM

SINGAPORE (Dec 13): Job vacancies continue to outnumber the number of job seekers even as Singapore’s labour market showed further signs of improvement in 3Q18, finds the latest quarterly employment study by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

According to MOM’s Labour Market Report 3Q2018, total employment excluding foreign domestic workers (FDW) has more than doubled from the previous quarter, growing by 16,700 compared with growth of 6,500 in 2Q18.

Growing talent mismatch & productivity issues taking a toll on global labour market: Hays

SINGAPORE (Sept 25): The global labour market is coming under increasing pressure even with expectations of economic growth to maintain its momentum over the next 12 months, finds the latest and seventh edition of the Hays Global Skills Index.

Based on this year’s report, Investing in the Skills of Tomorrow; Avoiding a Spiralling Skills Crisis, which is published by Hays in collaboration with Oxford Economics, the Overall Index score has increased slightly to 5.4 from 5.3 a year ago to suggest that the global labour market has come under greater strain in the last year.

HRnetGroup on track for continued excellence in FY18, says RHB

SINGAPORE (Aug 13): RHB is maintaining “buy” on HRnetGroup with an unchanged target price of $1.18.

This comes after the group posted a strong 2Q18 set of results,with HRnetGroup’s 2Q topline ring 10.8% y-o-y due mainly to strong performances in North Asia and Singapore as well as higher gross profit margin, in line with the research house’s expectations.

Hiring woes largely due to lack of online presence, suggests survey

SINGAPORE (July 4): Three in five (57%) of job applicants in Singapore would not apply for a position at a company if no information about its reputation as an employer was available online, finds a recent survey conducted by job site Indeed.

Keong Hong foresees ongoing projects to be unaffected by MOM foreign worker hiring freeze

SINGAPORE (June 5): Keong Hong Holdings says it has taken “immediate corrective actions” to prevent further infringements of Ministry of Manpower (MOM) regulations regarding workers’ accommodation.

Keong Hong’s wholly-owned subsidiary Keong Hong Construction was recently fined $352,500 for housing foreign workers in overcrowded living conditions at a Construction Temporary Quarters (CTQ) in March 2017.

The construction company has also been barred from recruiting new foreign workers until 31 May, 2020.

JPMorgan looks beyond finance to hire tech, math grads in Asia

(Mar 28): JPMorgan Chase & Co. is hiring more engineering, neuroscience and psychology graduates across Asia-Pacific, diversifying away from students with finance backgrounds as it seeks to adapt its workforce to the region’s fast-changing economies.

Retaining the right talent is just as important as hiring them. Here's why

SINGAPORE (Feb 20): In view of a more buoyant economic outlook for Singapore and the continued skills shortage, recruitment specialist Hays is advising employers to not neglect employee retention as they seek to hire more talent for their business growth.

According to the 2018 Hays Asia Salary guide, which surveys more than 3,000 organisations in five key Asian countries including Singapore, up-skilling employees is the most popular way of combating skill shortages.

11 highly sought-after roles in 2018 and beyond: Hays

SINGAPORE (Jan 3): The fourth industrial revolution is upon us to transform the way we work, with the inevitable automation of certain jobs and aspects of roles; the creation of entirely new roles; and the demand for the latest skills set to increase.

This is according to Hays CEO, Alistair Cox, who, in his latest blog post on LinkedIn, offers his thoughts on the jobs and skills that he expects to see in 2018 and beyond.

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