A good working environment goes a long way towards improving labour productivity, Photo: Le Toan After three working sessions, the National Salary Council, and representatives of employers and employees last week reached a decision to propose for the government approval of the region-based minimum wage hike applied at private companies by 5.3 per cent, equalling an average increase of VND175,000 ($7.74) per worker per month. This hike is a compromise between the 6.1 per cent proposed by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) representing employees, and the 5.1 per cent proposed by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) representing employers. The council’s chairman Doan Mau Diep stated that this 5.3-per-cent increase would help labourers cover their daily living expenses, even with a 4-per-cent rise in the consumer price index (CPI). The rate will not put great pressure on employers to pay their work staff either. “The 5.3-per-cent increase is a … [Read more...] about Enhancing companies’ production
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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German cabinet will soon decide on a proposal to make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European Union to move to Germany to take a job, a paper seen by Reuters shows, as Germany seeks to alleviate chronic labour shortages. Such plans could be sensitive in a country where anti-immigration sentiment has helped drive support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and a row over asylum policy almost toppled Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in July. The new proposal mainly addresses relaxing migration policy for professionals outside the EU, since EU citizens enjoy free labour movement in the bloc. A lack of skilled labour and a shortage of young people willing to commit to on-the-job training for up to 3-1/2 years have become big concerns for managers in Europe's largest economy. Germany bet on more than a million refugees who arrived in 2015 to fill workforce gaps, but a lack of German-language skills and the inability of most … [Read more...] about Germany looks at easing immigration laws to fill skilled labour gaps
Whether you’re hoping to move to France to continue with your studies, to further your career, or even if you’re relocating for love, having your diploma/s recognised by French authorities could be essential depending on your situation and your plans for life in France. French bureaucracy is renowned for being fairly complex and tedious, even more so if you aren’t fluent in French, so The Local has cut through the noise and red tape to get to the nitty-gritty of degree validation in France, whether you’re from inside or outside the EU. When do I need to get my foreign diploma recognised in France? In France, the legal principle of academic or professional equivalence with other countries does not exist. That means that if you’re a foreigner looking to work or study in France, your prospective employer or educational institution may require a certificate of comparability for your qualification, a document that makes it as transparent as … [Read more...] about How to get your foreign qualifications recognised in France
Moving abroad is a huge adventure, but a daunting one too. Many of the questions facing would-be expats are fun – How should I word my smug 'moving abroad!' Facebook status? Where will my nearest fika spot be? And what exactly is fika, anyway? – but there are also some trickier dilemmas to face before taking the leap. Are you good at embracing change? The very first thing to do is to make sure that moving abroad suits you as a person, advises Lena Rekdal, Managing Director at relocation agency Nimmersion. "Having a checklist of the practical things is key, but there are also a lot of 'soft' issues you need to ask yourself. Are you someone who embraces change and can adapt to new things, because if not, a move abroad may not be right for you!" she notes. "And is it a good time in your life to move, or are you leaving things behind you need to attend to? We sometimes see people who relocate but then move back to care for elderly parents or similar." If you're … [Read more...] about The questions you need to ask before moving to Sweden
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 July 2018 Peter Raven England manager Bobby Robson arrives with his squad in Italy for the 1990 World Cup. Photo: PA / John Giles PA Archive/PA Images Which one of these seven managers is England’s greatest of all time? Sir Walter Winterbottom (1946-1962) Walter Winterbottom is England’s first, youngest and longest serving manager. In all matches in which he was in charge, England played 139, won 78, drew 33, and lost 28. At home England lost six matches in 16 years. England won the British championship in 13 out of his 16 seasons. Notable victories during his era were 10-0 away to Portugal in 1947, 4-0 away to Italy in 1948, 4-2 at home to Brazil in 1956 and 9-3 at home to Scotland in 1961. Winterbottom led England to four consecutive World Cup finals *reaching the quarter-finals twice), a record subsequently equalled only by Helmut Schön of West Germany. Sir Alf Ramsey (1963-1974) Sir Alf Ramsey was manager of England from 1963 to 1974, and … [Read more...] about Who is the greatest England manager of all time?