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  1. Biggest rise in jobless rate since dotcom bubble burst

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... the decoration and maintenance, transport and manufacturing sectors. Underemployment measures people who cannot find more than 35 hours of work a week. 'Obviously, there is upward pressure ... unemployment reached 6 per cent after the dotcom bubble burst. The rapid increase surprised many economists, who were predicting around 4.3 per cent unemployment. Standard Chartered Bank economist ...

  2. Rebuff for calls to cap number of work hours

    Posted Apr 29th 2005, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has rebuffed growing calls for an upper limit on the number of working hours each day, despite admitting that long work days are unhealthy. In his first ... than 70 hours. Legislator Leung Yiu-chung said an eight-hour working day would yield a better allocation of time for a healthier lifestyle. 'That means eight hours of work, eight hours ...

  3. Dragonair to act on crews' hours

    Posted Aug 17th 2010, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Dennis Eng

    ... Some Dragonair cabin crew had to work more hours last month because of unusually bad weather and delayed flights. But the airline hopes to start working out ways to improve its staff ... Dragonair has offered to compensate staff for working these additional hours. For every hour of carry-on duty, cabin crew are paid five times the fixed hourly allowance they get for working ...

  4. Cathay to offer early retirement to 1,600

    Posted May 05th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... vary, but more than 80 per cent of the targeted staff would receive between 10 and 17 months' salary on top of their standard retirement benefits, Ms Au Yeung said. Monthly salaries, ... their wages capped at $36,000. More than half of the eligible cabin crew are senior pursers. The airline switched from a fixed monthly salary to an hourly wage rate for cabin crew hired after 1996. ...

  5. Poor management, not long hours, caused early exit

    Posted Mar 12th 2005, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Poor management and delegation skills rather than long working hours may have spelled early retirement for Tung Chee-hwa, who blamed 18-hour work days for his deteriorating health. 'We have quite a large government so something must be wrong if someone consistently works 16- to 18-hour days,' said Christine Houston, managing director of executive search ...

  6. More people find work, but jobless rate remains the same

    Posted Jul 19th 2005, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... been expecting a drop to 5.6 per cent. The underemployment rate- measuring those who cannot find more than 35 hours of work each week- dropped from 3 per cent to 2.8 per cent month-on-month, ... Dennis Eng The number of people in work jumped by about 5,400 in June from the previous month to a new high of 3.364 million, although a similar increase in the size of the workforce left ...

  7. Cathay drops plan to limit shift swapping after cabin crew protest

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... crew members are rostered for 80 to 83 flying hours a month. Those who work more than 70 hours receive additional pay of about HK$100 an hour. Flight attendants are guaranteed a minimum salary even if they work less than that. On March 15, Cathay announced changes to the system that would have required attendants to work at least 70 hours a month before swapping with colleagues. ...

  8. EU explores exchange of tax information

    Posted May 27th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... it comply with international tax governance standards. The EU is also fine-tuning a savings directive among member nations that would mean relevant tax information is sent automatically between ... Bureau yesterday. The government is working on a bill that would allow the Inland Revenue Department to send information on individuals suspected of evading taxes to authorities overseas. ...

  9. Cathay cabin crew to stage protest

    Posted Mar 25th 2010, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... not want to disrupt the lifestyle of its crew. The policy would have required attendants to work at least 70 flying hours a month before swapping with colleagues. The union has a list ... Cathay Pacific flight attendants are making good on their threat to demonstrate over grievances about changes to their working conditions with a protest this afternoon. Representatives ...

  10. Staff training a priority despite downturn

    Posted Sep 04th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng, Paggie Leung

    ... training and development committee. ''Doing more with less' is now becoming standard practice and organisations are looking for more ways to be more efficient.' The wholesale, ... 20.6 hours of training per employee a year, the study shows, with the manufacturing industry topping the list with 30 hours of training. The research found that employers rated ethics, business ...




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