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  1. Comment - Letters

    Older women bring valued experience to workplace

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Workplaces can gain a lot from employment of mature women Louisa Mitchell ("Stuck in the middle", March 15) pointed out that fewer mature women are sustaining places in the workforce. Assuming the research findings to which she referred are valid, further questions need to be asked. Precisely because of their personal life experience, women in the 40 to 60 age range ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    World loses by not tapping women's potential

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:00am by WOMEN'S FOUNDATION

    ... Caroline Anstey Caroline Anstey says underinvesting in the vast, untapped potential of women is a major impediment to global economic development Missed chance These statistics may surprise you. On average, only between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of women-owned businesses in the developing world have access to commercial bank loans, and women-owned businesses account for only ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Stop this discrimination against breastfeeding women

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and rashes. Our ageing workforce can ill afford to lose women at the peak of their productivity when they drop out of the workforce to raise infants. Employers should be encouraged to support ... prompting heated debate about privacy and public decency. But the issue also involves the rights, and needs, of nursing mothers and their babies. The EOC condemned secret photography of women ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Women in China still not equal to men

    Posted Mar 09th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial China's women need equality Women hold up half the sky, said the Great Helmsman. In the mainland corporate world, that may have become true. If a new survey by an international accounting group is correct, half (51 per cent) of senior management jobs in mainland companies are now held by women. This places the mainland ahead of Hong Kong, other Asian economies ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong still failing its women

    Posted Mar 08th 2014, 04:47am by SU-MEI THOMPSON AND JO BAKER

    ... that, because many were not part of the formal workforce, they do not receive any benefits from the Mandatory Provident Fund scheme. This is all despite the fact women are outliving men by an average of six years. In addition, middle-aged women hold the greatest number of casual, part-time and poorly paid jobs, representing the bulk of the workforce in catering, caring, cleaning ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Japan primed for release of third arrow of Abenomics

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 12:23pm by KOICHI HAMADA

    ... increase women's workforce-participation rate. The second imperative is the removal of excessively cumbersome regulations. Under the current system, it took 34 years to approve ... the workforce- a major challenge, given that Japanese society is ageing rapidly. One solution would be to integrate more foreign labour into the economy. But efforts to promote immigration face ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Above all, we must build a sustainable pension scheme for Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 05:12pm by SHIRLEY YUEN

    ... an ageing society and, by 2018, a shrinking workforce. It is our responsibility to work out a plan for managing both. Getting it right means using our scarce fiscal resources to help those who ... will need incomes for many more years. By 2041, when today's children will be well into their careers, life expectancy for men is projected to be 84.4 years, and for women 90.8 years. As we ...

  8. Business - Companies - EMPLOYMENT

    Older workers, especially women, still have much to offer

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 09:57am by Stephen Vines

    ... as a matter of business, there surely can be no argument over the value of female executives or indeed of other women in the workforce. However, there is understandable resistance to this conclusion ... Stephen Vines While old staff, especially women, are highly valued in the workplace, female executives remain a distinct minority in top corporate jobs Push back the clock on retirement ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe must start to build consensus, rather than go it alone

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by SCMP Editorial

    ... will suffer unless more women take up jobs and get involved in public decision-making; Japan ranks poorly internationally on female participation in politics, the workforce and boardroom. The 70th ... reshuffle of the executive of his Liberal Democratic Party with the appointment of a China-friendly secretary general and deputy and raising the number of women in the 18-member cabinet from two ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    Extension of married couple benefits would raise competiveness

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 05:18am by LETTERS

    ... if they provide certain benefits to only one sector of their workforce, based on an arbitrary categorisation (their marital status) unrelated to their ability to contribute to their employer's success. Companies whose workforces reflect the diverse nature of the society to which they provide products and services are likely to be far more in tune with their customer base and consequently ...




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