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Business Conditions in China Show Signs of Recovery, but Job Opportunities Remain Limited

Companies in China are showing an improved outlook for growth in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic became more contained. However, employee turnover and college recruitment remain much lower.

Published: August 2020
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Back to the Basics: Sustaining Organizations in Asia in the New Normal

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, firms in Asia were adapting their workforce strategies to ensure a better position for the future of work. However, disruption from the crisis has caused many organizations to go back to the drawing board and reset their strategies.

Published: July 2020
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Tips to Evaluate Discretionary Action for Executive Incentives in Australia

Examining the role of board discretion in determining executive incentive payouts for Australian firms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and considerations for FY21 incentive plans.

Published: July 2020
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For Companies in Malaysia, a Virtual Workforce is Prompting New Leadership Models and Ways of Measuring Productivity

During a recent webcast in Malaysia with Propay Partners, our experts discussed how business leaders are rethinking workforce models in the wake of a more virtual workforce.

Published: July 2020
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Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on TSR Metrics for Australian Firms

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the market volatility it has created, shines a light on some of the pitfalls of using relative total shareholder return metrics in incentive plans. Here’s how companies in Australia can respond to make their plans even stronger.

Published: June 2020
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Navigating Incentive Decisions in Times of Uncertainty in Southeast Asia and Beyond

Firms should proactively start thinking about adjusting their short- and long-term incentive schemes to better prepare for an uncertain economic future and ensure they are well- positioned for the road to recovery.

Published: June 2020
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What’s Next for Rewards and Workforce Planning in the Australian Property Industry

For Australia’s largest business sector – the property industry – the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be significant, both in the near- and long-term.

Published: June 2020
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Australian Insurance Firms Adjust Rewards and Workforce Plans for a Changing Economy

With Australian insurers already facing headwinds prior to COVID-19, firms are rapidly adjusting rewards and hiring plans amid economic turmoil and uncertain times ahead.

Published: April 2020
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Building a Sustainable Rewards Program as Your Startup Matures: Lessons in Asia

With a robust startup market across Asia, it’s never too early to think about your workforce infrastructure and how it is expected to evolve as your organization matures. When designing a sustainable rewards program there are six key topics to consider, which this article examines in detail. 

Published: January 2019
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Why Some Technology Companies in Asia are Breaking Up Their Salary Broadbands

Creating broad salary bands is a common practice throughout much of Asia, but a growing number of technology firms are now developing narrower, more aggressive salary ranges to keep pace with the market for in-demand jobs. We explain when you should think about breaking up your salary bands, how to develop narrower ranges and questions you should ask your compensation and HR teams in the process.

Published: August 2018
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Demystifying Pay in India: How to Structure Compensation for Local Practices

Compensation planning in India requires extensive knowledge of local market practices given the many unique rewards terms and structures found in the country. Following the tips we provide in this article will help you set out on a path toward developing well-understood, tax efficient, legally compliant and competitive pay packages in India.

Published: May 2018
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What Every Rewards Professional Should Know About China’s Changing Workforce

For decades, China focused on rapid economic growth. Now, the emphasis is on grooming quality talent and companies. To successfully navigate this transformation, HR and rewards managers should pay attention to four big developments.

Published: March 2018
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Maternity Matters: What India’s Amended Maternity Benefit Act Means for Companies

Thanks to recent amendments to its maternity benefits law, India now ranks among the top countries for longest paid maternity leave. Our client alert explains what the new law changes and how companies are beginning to comply.

Published: November 2017
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It’s Time for Technology Companies to Take a More Nuanced Approach to Pay in China

As China's technology sector grows and matures, setting pay in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities isn't as simple as it used to be. We explain how companies can benchmark pay in China’s increasingly complex market to stay competitive without over- or under-paying for key talent.

Published: September 2017
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New Radford Data Suggests the War for Talent in China Could be Cooling Off, But Just a Little

The technology sector in China continues to attract massive levels of investment, making it one of the most opportunity-rich markets for entrepreneurs, companies and workers alike. Yet, new workforce trends data from Radford suggest the competition for talent may be slowing down. We examine why.

Published: May 2017
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Managing Talent in the Age of Internet of Things (IoT)

Biotech companies have higher salary increases compared to the general life sciences sector and have increased their target cash positioning. This has allowed companies to keep voluntary turnover at bay and attract new talent to fuel their rapid growth. Our article examines the latest data for the red hot biotech industry.

Published: June 2015
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Deciphering the Latest Compensation Trends in India

When it comes to benchmarking pay, India is not an easy market. With shifting labor pools, highly uneven annual increases in fixed compensation, and stark differences in pay between local firms and multinationals, getting rewards right in India is a big challenge.

Published: November 2014
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