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South Korea

Asia has some of the most expensive cities for expats

Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey finds African, Asian, and European cities dominating the list of most expensive locations for expats working abroad: Five of the top 10 cities in this year’s ranking are in Asia with Hong Kong (2) more »

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Survey: Employee (dis)engagement in Asia

The Asian Nikkei Review has noted a recent survey by Gallup conducted globally from 2014 through 2016 which found that workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world. more »

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South Korea’s entrepreneurial spark has yet to ignite


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The Wall Street Journal has noted that South Korean President Park Geun-hye is pledging to boost growth by developing a “creative economy” through growth in the underdeveloped service sector and by encouraging entrepreneurship. However, progress has been slow. In a recent report, more »

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The Human Capital Report 2015: Asia findings

The Human Capital Report 2015, was recently published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Mercer with Asia-Pacific, the world’s most populous region, scoring towards the middle of the range of the Human Capital Index results, with an overall more »

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More Koreans are working but also unemployed

Recruiter magazine says that according to figures from the government-funded Korea Labor Institute in Seoul, more South Koreans are working than a year ago, but the unemployment rate is still rising. The Korean labor force grew by 3% to 26,714,000 more »

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Japanese and Korean bilingual professionals earn double the salary

Recruiter magazine has cited a survey from a Japanese recruitment firm showing the salaries of experienced professionals in both Japan and South Korea who are proficient in English to be much higher than the salaries of non bilingual professionals. Specifically more »

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A glass ceiling for Asian managers at Western employers?

The Wall Street Journal has a lengthy article about the lack of Asians in upper management or executive roles at western MNCs in Asia as the top slots are usually still filled with westerner expats. Traditionally when Western MNCs entered more »

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Entrepreneurs create the “American dream” back home in Asia

CNBC has a lengthy article about Asians shunning the “American dream” to return home. The article began by profiling Thomas Woo who returned home after studying in the USA to become a co-founder and president of City Super – a more »

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For western expats in Asia, the job market will keep getting tougher

For westerners thinking of coming to Asia to further their careers, the New York Times has a must read article about how the job market in Asia is gradually becoming less welcoming for westerners – and its not due to more »

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Asia is relying less and less on Western expats

The Financial Times has a lengthy article about how the executive expatriate salary package in Asia has traditionally included a housing allowance, school fees and perhaps even a car with a driver, but that sort of ship has largely sailed more »

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