Tech in Asia — Foxconn responded to questions by Tech in Asia and issued a statement. In part, it states: “We are aware of media reports about automation operations at our facilities in China, including Kunshan, and can confirm that Foxconn has been investing in the automation of many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations throughout our facilities in China for many years.”
MIS Asia — Sixty-nine percent of CIOs in APAC believe a lack of talent will prevent their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change. The 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey says CIOs are challenged by the greatest technology skills shortage since the global financial crisis in 2008.
Gulf News — Dubai: Despite hiring slowing down in some industries, the UAE economy still produced a number of vacancies, with job postings in February going up by more than 70 per cent in certain organisations. Overall, demand for additional staff in the country went up by 45 per cent last month, according to the latest Monster Employment Index.
CNBC — Workers at freight giant DHL and tech firms Atlassian and Salesforce are onto something; they’re already at the best places to work in Asia Pacific, according to a new survey. The three companies topped their respective categories – multinationals, large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – in the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces 2016 survey.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: India offices of MNCs like DHL, Google and Marriott ranked among the top workplaces in Asia, while 10 Indian companies including Lupin, M&M and InterGlobe Enterprises made it to the list under the ’25 Best Large Places to Work’ category. According to the 2nd annual list of the Best Workplaces in Asia-Pacific, DHL took the top slot among multinationals. Salesforce led the Small and Medium list and Atlassian the Large Companies segment.
Vietnam Net — Nguyen Doan Hung, chairman of the Vietnam – Japan IT Cooperation Club (VJC) made this observation at the Vietnam IT Day 2016 in Japan recently. The event was co-organised by the Vietnam Software and IT Service Association (Vinasa), VJC and Japan Information Technology Service Industry Association (JISA) with the theme of “Vietnam – Japan IT Co-operation heading to TPP” in the end of February.
Times of India — JAKARTA: Over a thousand taxi drivers in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta held a protest strike against mobile transportation applications such as Uber and GrabTaxi. Taxi drivers and other public transportation drivers rallied in the city centre since 9.00 am, EFE news reported.
Times of India — BEIJING: Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce company, is building apartments to sell to its employees at a discount of about 40%, the media reported on Monday. These 380 apartments, ranging from 87-118 sq. metres, are located in Hangzhou, where the company is headquartered. Construction is expected to be completed by 2018, the People’s Daily reported.
Enterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) launched on Monday the Smart Nation Fellowship Program to attract top data scientists, technologists and engineers to work for the government and contribute to its Smart Nation initiative. Talents may include Singaporeans working overseas for technology companies, or others working in the private sector or academia in Singapore.
Tech in Asia — The Union Budget of India, which is the country’s annual financial statement, will be presented in parliament on Monday. As a precursor to that, the Indian finance minister, Arun Jaitley, today released the annual economic survey. The good news is that the country’s GDP is on track to grow by 7.6 percent in the financial year 2015-16, which makes it the fastest growing economy in the world. Earlier, the World Bank had projected a growth rate of 7.3 percent.
Asia One — Over the past few months, Singapore has been hit with news of companies laying off employees. If the signs of global downturn are not clear enough yet, you’re probably still staying inside a very comfortable bubble. Here’s the list of the companies laying off employees since late last year, along with companies that have announced that they are undergoing cost-cutting:
Times of India — Times of India — MUMBAI: Taxi-hailing app Uber has signed an agreement with the Maharashtra government to help create 75,000 jobs across the state. Through this memorandum of understanding (MoU), Uber will focus on training women and people from marginalized sectors of society. “This is to promote equal and fair opportunity for all sectors of society to earn sufficient fares as independent entrepreneurs on the platform,” Uber said in a statement.
Times of India — BENGALURU: Global software major Wipro will hire 25,000 more techies in Karnataka, especially Bengaluru, its chairman Azim Premji said on Wednesday. “We will add 25,000 more IT jobs in Karnataka where we already employ over 55,000 people and are expanding each of our businesses,” Premji said at the state’s global investors meet (GIM) here.
Times of India — BENGALURU: Infosys has promoted 2,100 employees soon after reporting stellar December quarter numbers that comfortably overshadowed not only market expectations but also larger rival Tata Consultancy Services, which missed estimates for the quarter.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: There seems to be a significant skill gap in the country as 80% of the engineering graduates are “unemployable,” says a report, highlighting the need for an upgraded education and training system. Educational institutions train millions of youngsters but corporates often complain that they do not get the necessary skill and talent required for a job.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: India’s telecom sector, which is growing at 15% annually, will require 4.16 million skilled workforce by 2022, communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Stressing on the need to train people, he said India should develop an architecture whereby it becomes the supplier of skilled workforce everywhere.
Market Wired — SINGAPORE: According to the latest annual Global Salary Survey from specialist professional recruitment firm Robert Walters, the competition for Singaporean talent is set to further intensify in 2016. This will drive more demand for attracting returning overseas Singaporeans. In the interest of developing a home-grown workforce and the Fair Consideration Framework, hiring managers have recognised the viability of overseas local talent to ease the talent crunch.
Internal auditors, IT risk managers and site architects are just three areas of staffing demand that recruiting expert Hays says will remain in high demand in Hong Kong throughout 2016. According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report, for January to March 2016, skilled locals will be able to advance their career this year.
Enterprise Innovation — Following the success of Microsoft’s GirlSpark Camp in Hong Kong in the past two years, the third edition was held this year in collaboration with The Women’s Foundation and Ivey Business School. The goal was to inspire talented female university students from seven universities studying different disciplines to join the ICT industry.
IT News — Toshiba will book a record net loss this year and cut around 5 percent of its workforce as the sprawling conglomerate, reeling from a US$1.3 billion accounting scandal, focuses on chips and nuclear energy. But analysts question whether streamlining can return the 140-year-old Japanese bulwark to dominance considering falling profit margins in the chip industry and a nuclear phase-out in developed countries since the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
MIS Asia — There will be a strong demand for IT professionals from startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore next year, according to recruitment firm Randstad. However, IT professionals who will be highly sought after will be those skilled in new technologies.
Times of India — Toshiba Corp is looking to cut up to 7,000 jobs, as it looks to streamline operations in the wake of an accounting scandal, the Nikkei business daily reported. Most of the 6,000-7,000 job cuts will be in the company’s lifestyle segment, which includes consumer appliances, the newspaper said.
Tech in Asia — Japanese mobile gaming giant DeNA will be restructuring its operations in Southeast Asia, Tech in Asia has learned. An undisclosed number of its approximately 50 staff in Singapore will be laid off or transferred to the company’s Vietnam office in Hanoi.
Enterprise Innovation — Four-fifths of firms in Hong Kong are shifting their productivity focus from counting how much time people spend in the office, to measuring their actual output, according to workplace provider Regus. The increased use of such results-based, rather than location-based assessments, signals that remote working is becoming the new norm.
Networks Asia — The growth of IT and digital as well as a steady stream of replacement-based positions continued to drive hiring, particularly for business-critical functions such as legal and compliance and accounting and finance, according to the Robert Walters Asia Job Index Q3 2015. Despite a slowdown in growth, Asia is still one of the key growth drivers of the global economy and businesses will continue to expand to tap into the opportunities in the region.
Channel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Enterprise cloud computing company Salesforce has been named the best place to work in Singapore, according to a list by consultancy firm Great Place to Work. This is the consultancy’s first annual list for Singapore. In its report released on Friday (Nov 6), it found that high levels of trust and engagement among employees are “synonymous with high-performing work culture”.
IT News — Telstra will shed more than 400 call centre positions throughout Australia, with Townsville in northern Queensland the hardest hit by the staff reductions. According to the Communication Workers Union, most of the proposed redundancies will take place in Telstra’s customer service delivery team.
Taiwan’s unemployment in September fell slightly to 3.89%, the lowest level for that month in 15 years, according to government statistics released Thursday. Statistics showed that the average jobless rate for the first nine months of this year — 3.74 percent — is also the lowest since 2000, when the average unemployment rate of the same period stood at 2.91%.
Deal Street Asia — On the one hand, India is a hotbed for technological innovations with tech start-ups mushrooming across the country and unicorns such as Flipkart giving a tough battle to global giants like Amazon. On the other, educational institutions, barring a few elite and premier ones, are still struggling to make their presence felt online.
CFO Innovation — Salary increases for employees in most markets across Asia Pacific will be lower in real terms next year despite a rise in average salary budgets from 2015, owing to growing inflationary pressure, according to new research released today by leading global professional services company Towers Watson.