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  1. Modest increases on the way

    Posted Jan 01st 2011, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... John Cremer After two years of cost cuts and austerity, better economic times mean that Hong Kong employers can loosen the purse strings a little, as they finalise salary adjustments for this year. Several surveys confirm that companies plan to reward sta ...

  2. Spot the companies most likely to cook their books

    Posted Nov 25th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... by mainland-listed companies. They reasoned that retrospective corrections to either a company's income statement or balance sheet generally indicate accounting manipulation in the past, and may well ...

  3. Smell the revolution

    Posted Nov 08th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani Too often, we tell ourselves we're different, that Hong Kong people will never behave in the radical way we see elsewhere. We are convinced that the kind of street violence we saw recently in France over pension reforms just won' ...

  4. 'People's premier' shows he still has the common touch

    Posted Mar 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... reporters asked eight questions on the economy and four on diplomacy. There was only one on social equality, to which Wen replied: 'There is still a lot of unfairness in our society, income ...

  5. Growing gripes over inflation, wealth gap

    Posted Dec 16th 2010, 12:00am by Ed Zhang

    ... Centre, said that growing income discrepancy reflected a widening gap between urban and rural incomes. On the positive side, the researchers reported that rural incomes had risen faster than urban incomes this year in overall terms. In the first nine months of the year, urban per capita disposable income was up 7.5 per cent year on year after price rises were factored out, while the figure ...

  6. letters

    Posted Nov 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Simon Ko Chin-hung, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School Minimum wages will hurt lowest earners The hourly minimum-wage rate of $28-$30 can lead to a comfortable monthly income for low-income ... rich and poor by raising the bottom line for the low-income group. However, unskilled workers are bound to suffer because companies may be less willing to hire them at all for higher salaries. ...

  7. Stuck in the gap

    Posted Nov 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani Two people said things to me recently that made me wonder if we can ever reverse the widespread public discontent we're now experiencing. One represents some of Hong Kong's top bosses. The other is a big-time boss himself. They t ...

  8. 'Grey income' too difficult to define in report

    Posted Mar 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai References to regulation of 'grey' incomes- off-the-books gains that have become a source of official corruption over the years- were changed in the version of Premier ... 'grey' income. In the draft, the report said the government would crack down on illegal income and regulate off-the-books income, in a bid to 'resolutely' reverse the widening income ...

  9. Dire warnings on the perils of minimum wage don't ring true

    Posted Sep 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp Supporters of the minimum wage hope that by raising pay rates at the bottom of the social pile, the new law will reduce Hong Kong's income inequality and make ... debate against people who debate well. Supporters of a minimum wage do indeed think it will help to reduce income inequality, but let us remember that this was not the trigger for the decision ...

  10. Buyer interest props up mainland agency income

    Posted Dec 08th 2010, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... measures aimed at curbing demand in the property market, commission income at Centaline Property Agency's mainland operations' rose slightly to 320 million yuan (HK$373.14 million) ... sales growth. Lai said that in March, before Beijing began introducing measures to cool the property market, the agency earned 390 million yuan in commission income. That proved ...




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