News about job creation, job losses, labour disputes, wage trends and other developments from around the world with a focus on Hong Kong and China.

9 to 5 syndrome: How flexible working hours can kill your career

Is time running out for flexible working hours? Photo: Jonathan Wong

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” It’s a popular motto generally attributed to American polymath Benjamin Franklin.

Friday, 21 August, 2015, 7:49pm

Beijing urged to cut taxes and invest in infrastructure to safeguard jobs

Companies hold a session for interviews with Chinese job seekers at a university in Beijing. Photo: Kyodo

Beijing should cut taxes and accelerate public infrastructure investment to revive the mainland's economy, after the country recorded its slowest quarterly growth in six years.

17 Apr 2015 - 4:28pm 9 comments

With stable job market, China's slowing growth is no reason for pessimism

Downward pressure on the economy was increasing, Li Keqiang said on the eve of news that the mainland's growth had slowed to 7 per cent in the first quarter. Photo: Reuters

When the premier sets a sober tone ahead of the release of a GDP figure that is underwhelming by modern China's standards, you know that big challenges lie ahead for economic management. 

17 Apr 2015 - 4:28pm

China’s slowest quarterly growth in six years raises fears over nation’s job stability

An employee guides a crane as it transports a roll of steel sheet, at a factory in Handan, Hebei province. March factory output rose 5.6 per cent from a year earlier. Photo: Reuters

China has recorded its slowest quarterly growth in six years, raising concerns about the country’s job stability while adding pressure on Beijing to speed up infrastructure investment.

17 Apr 2015 - 4:29pm 8 comments

Shenzhen visa restrictions open up new job opportunities for Hongkongers

Two young male mainland traders in their 20s told the Post they might have to take on other jobs because of the changed visa rules. Photo: Dickson Lee

Stop the big, bad traders from the mainland who are choking up the border towns and crowding out local stores with their insatiable demand for baby milk formula and other goods.

17 Apr 2015 - 4:30pm 7 comments

US says jobs rose 257,000 in January; stokes talk of rate hike mid-year

An American worker at a gas field in Texas. The number of US jobs went up 257,000 in January, the 11th straight month of job gains in the country. Photo: AFP

US job growth rose solidly in January and wages rebounded strongly, a show of underlying strength in the economy that puts a mid-year interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve back on the table.

17 Apr 2015 - 4:27pm

Britain and West can bring jobs, factories back from Asia, Cameron to say at Davos

If David Cameron has his way, perhaps replicas of a royal engagement ring will be made in British rather than Chinese factories. Photo: AFP

British Prime Minister David Cameron will use a speech at Davos on Friday to say Britain and the West have an opportunity to boost their economic fortunes by luring back jobs and factories from Asia, a trend he says is already under way.

24 Jan 2014 - 3:26pm

Financial jobs in London increase for first time in nearly 2 years

Last month, 1,340 new jobs were created in the City financial district, up by two-thirds versus the same month in 2012. Photo: Reuters

The number of new financial services jobs in London rose for the first time in almost two years last month, research showed on Monday, which recruiters said was a sign that banks are starting to think about growth after years of restructuring.

13 Jan 2014 - 4:02pm

Enterprising parents running start-ups from home

Enterprising mums and dads are ditching the corporate grind to run online ventures from home.

Greg Stockdale and his wife Julie consider themselves fortunate parents. They get to have regular meals with their two-year-old daughter Kelly, and take her to the park and swimming pool almost every day.

15 May 2013 - 3:03pm 1 comment

Jobs in world's factory lose allure

Recruiters are finding it tougher to lure workers to the Pearl River Delta's factories. Photo: AP

Changing demographics, tightening labour laws and competitive offers elsewhere are combining to make the Pearl River Delta, the "world's factory", a less attractive place for many migrant workers to return for work.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:53am

Steve Jobs film is wrong, says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.

"We never had such interaction and roles," Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 after 12 years, told tech blog Gizmodo after a clip from the movie was posted online ahead of its premiere. "I'm not even sure what it's getting at," he said, adding that the "personalities are very wrong - although mine is closer."

27 Jan 2013 - 5:08am

Support CY Leung's policy address

Half a year has elapsed since Leung Chun-ying was installed as Hong Kong's chief executive. Photo: Bloomberg

The impeachment motion brought against the chief executive by the pan-democrats of the Legislative Council, led by the radical League of Social Democrats, was defeated by 37 to 27 votes. This defeat represented across-the-board community opinion.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:56am