After months of deliberation, Nepal and Malaysia have reached closer to a landmark deal as both the governments have agreed on a draft of the labour agreement that will relieve Nepali workers from paying fees for jobs in Malaysia. The upcoming agreement will be the first such deal between the countries in 14 years of.. read more →

The skills needed for economic success have always evolved, and will continue to do so It’s a tumultuous time in southeast Asian economies. The United Nations’ International Labour Organization estimates that 137 million people (more than half these nations’ workforces) in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand risk losing their jobs to automation over the next two decades. These.. read more →

2018 Sep 17
September 17, 2018

Automation and the future of work in Asean

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People attending a SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Carnival in Singapore. More than 120,000 people have taken courses, at the end of the initiative’s first year. But more needs to be done across Southeast Asia. PHOTO: SPH FILE Technological revolutions are rolling rapidly across economies one after the other — digitisation, followed by automation, and now,.. read more →

2018 Sep 13
September 13, 2018

Thailand to legalise illegal fish workers

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Thailand would soon start legalising thousands of illegal Myanmar workers in its fishing industry as a first step to the signing of an agreement to provide more workers for the business, which is struggling with a labour shortage. This arrangement was reached when Thai Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo visited Myanmar on August 16, said U.. read more →

Employees work at an automobile-production line in China. On Wednesday, experts warned that automation will soon make millions of low-skilled jobs — from cashiers and machine operators to waiters and drivers — redundant across Southeast Asia, saying the region to upskill fast or face huge employment problems. File/Aly Song, Reuters Automation will soon make millions of.. read more →