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  1. Employers urged to value older staff

    Posted Jun 10th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... 'It's about changing people's behaviour as a result of economic demand,' Dr Bombaci said. He stressed that Hong Kong's fertility rate of less than one child per couple was likely to persist over the next few decades, with no short-term solution in sight. According to government data, Hong Kong's fertility rate fell to 0.93 children per couple in 2004, handing the city ...

  2. Working to address longevity

    Posted Sep 29th 2005, 12:00am by Christine Loh

    ... Christine Loh In Hong Kong, as in other developed economies, people are living longer, yet at the same time the fertility rate has dropped substantially, leading to population decline. ... families to have more children. Working on fertility is not easy, as the decision on how many children people have is complex. Straight financial incentives to have more offspring are not enough: ...

  3. Women can save workforce: report

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... and women's participation in the workforce. There, 74.5 per cent of women were employed, and the country had a fertility rate of 1.7 children per woman. The policy paper also proposes action ... elderly will increase from 12.1 per cent of the population last year to 26.8 per cent in 2033. The city's fertility rate is also declining, from three children per woman in 1970 to 0.96 last ...

  4. Military taps Indian contractors despite ban

    Posted May 05th 2004, 12:00am by Maseeh Rahman

    ... The United States military is employing thousands of Indian workers in Iraq despite New Delhi banning its citizens from working there. Tens of thousands of workers from India and Bangladesh have also reportedly been hired by contractors in the country. Re ...

  5. Red-tape culture should give French something to protest against

    Posted Apr 01st 2006, 12:00am by Rex Aguado

    ... of emergency only lifted in January, were largely blamed on shocking unemployment among young migrants or the children of migrant families. According to the latest OECD Factbook, the employment rate among 15 to 24-year-olds in France stood at about 25 per cent. The comparative rates in other countries are 40 per cent in Japan, 55 per cent in the US, around 60 per cent in Canada and Britain, ...

  6. Jobless rate falls to 4.9pc, lowest for a year

    Posted Jan 20th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 per cent, its lowest level since January of last year, with the most noticeable decrease seen among people aged between 15 and 24. The labour chief and a senior economist warned, however, that the future may not be as rosy as the figures suggested. The jobless rate has been steadily falling since hitting a peak of 5.4 per cent ...

  7. Low employment rate not necessarily good news for Hong Kong's future

    Posted Dec 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government recently announced the unemployment rate had dropped from 3.9 per cent in October to 3.6 per cent in November, and victoriously claimed it was the lowest level since April ... leaving the labour force and a decreasing number of people entering it. The former is caused by the retirement of baby boomers while a decline in the birth rate since the 1980s accounts ...

  8. Employers rate Putonghua skill high in survey

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to Chinese language skills for Hong Kong employees, but Ms Choi said this trend had changed. 'There was less than a 10 per cent difference between the proportion of managers who rated Putonghua as important, and those who rated English as important.' Conducted in September and October, the survey interviewed 197 chief executives, directors and heads of human resources departments from ...

  9. Jobless rate falls, but so does labour force

    Posted Feb 18th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Hong Kong's unemployment rate dipped to a 52-month low of 5.2 per cent last month, the government reported yesterday. But behind the impressive headline figure, down from 5.3 per cent in December, the news on the unemployment front was not so good, as the drop in the jobless rate was accounted for by the reduction in the labour force. There were 174,000 people ...

  10. HK's unemployment rate continues to fall

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.40pm: Hong Kong's jobless rate fell to a 52-month low of 5.2 per cent in the three months to January, latest figures released on Friday showed. According to the Census and Statistics Department, the unemployment rate decreased from 5.3 per cent in October-December 2005, to 5.2 per cent in November 2005-January 2006. The underemployment rate, which ...




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