GLOBILITY® - 7 September 2017 

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EMEA

 

Why Dubai Needs a Global Workforce (video)
For Dubai to grow and flourish, it needs to continue to attract new residents, new migrants, and new talent. Dubai is a melting pot, offering broad economic opportunities and investments. As its port and hotel infrastructure expanded, its native population was too small to handle such growth, and importing talent was a necessity. Watch a segment about Dubai’s need for a global workforce.    

After Brexit, Who Will Do All Britain’s Jobs?
British businesses are struggling to fill job vacancies, which are near historic highs. When Brexit is scheduled to take effect in March 2019, the British government is planning to stop EU citizens from being able to live and work in the UK without visa requirements. As the EU and Britain’s third round of divorce talks begins, a range of industry groups and business owners highlighted how this could create staffing problems. Find out more about Brexit’s effect on industry in the UK.

 

 

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How Japan Needs to Change to Welcome Immigrants
The image of Japan as a closed country gets two things wrong. First, Japan doesn’t actually do much to keep out immigrants. The country has no legal limits on either the number of people who can get work visas there, the number of people who can get permanent residency, or the number who can become naturalized citizens. And Japan, unlike most countries, doesn’t require permanent residency as a prerequisite for becoming a naturalized citizen. It’s true that Japan, like most countries, doesn’t have birthright citizenship. Japan also takes very few refugees. But in general, Japan has unusually lax immigration controls. The reason for Japan’s low immigration levels is that relatively few foreigners have chosen to move there. Understand more about Japan’s immigrant position.  

Singapore Faces a Grim Labor Future as Population Ages Rapidly
Almost all Asian nations will face demographic challenges over the next two decades, and efforts to boost labor participation rates – for example, by drawing more women into the workforce and raising the retirement age – will only marginally limit the negative impact. While Japan had the biggest slump in its workforce in Asia over the last 10 years, Singapore has the most to fear from an aging population over the next two decades. The city-state will face a double whammy: a shrinking workforce and slower progress than Asian neighbors in getting more people into the labor market. According to a new study from Oxford Economics, Singapore’s labor supply growth – after accounting for changes to the participation rate – will shrink by 1.7 percentage points in the 10 years through 2026, and by 2.5 percentage points in the decade after that. Read on about Singapore’s labor future.   

 

 

AMERICAS

Government Affairs Community Update
Worldwide ERC®’s latest Government Affairs Community Update reports on tax reform issues, FATCA, Seattle’s high-income tax, EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield, NAFTA, and upcoming key deadlines for Congress, and contains mobility industry impact statements. Click here to find the August 28 issue and other recent Government Affairs Community Updates.   

Government of Canada Launches Student Work Placements
The Government of Canada will help create 60,000 student work placements over the next five years. The government is first rolling out a $73-million investment in the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program to create 10,000 paid student work placements over the next four years, facilitating stronger partnerships between employers and partnering with polytechnics, universities, and colleges. Also announced: $221 million in funding over five years for Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that provides research internships with a goal of creating 10,000 work placements per year. Read about Canada’s student work placement plans.  

GLOBAL INTEREST

These Are The 4 Emotional Intelligence Job Skills You’ll Need in The Future
Tech is terrific, but soft skills are special, too! Companies are looking for that magic combination of technical ability, married with abilities like critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail, and writing proficiency. And most important of all the soft skills to make a candidate competitive: emotional intelligence, or EQ. The World Economic Forum predicts it will be among the top ten in 2020. Fast Company says that the most essential EQ skills to work on include learning to be a better listener, managing stress, giving quality feedback, and improving your empathy. For more about your future emotional intelligence, read on!

How to Successfully Work Across Countries, Languages, and Cultures
The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the number of people in the global workforce will reach 3.5 billion by 2030. More competition for talent and more mobility means the adoption of new skills, attitudes, and behaviors that help people work across cultures… and ways of thinking about careers, colleagues, and collaboration are gaining flexibility. Find suggestions for cross-cultural and cross-border success!