ManpowerGroup Solutions new Total Workforce Index™ (TWI) is the only index that examines the total workforce using a proprietary formula to determine the rankings of Total, Contingent and Permanent workforce insights.

 

In a global analysis of 75 markets, the TWI identifies those countries where workforce skills, productivity and labor regulation make it most favorable to conduct business. The TWI compiles more than 90 key factors which relate to the Availability, Cost Efficiency, Regulation and Productivity of the workforce of each market.

 

The Total Workforce top five rankings for APAC region are New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Philippines.

 

 

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Neuromarketing is a term that has been gaining a lot of traction in recent years. But somehow, the exact definition of neuromarketing seems unclear. For me, the best way to define neuromarketing is that it scientifically studies the brain to benefit marketing. For example, medical technologies like brain scanning and brain activity measurements are used to gauge a person’s response to different marketing elements like packaging, videos, ads, billboards, etc.

 

Sounds like utter science fiction right? But here is some food for thought – large companies like Ford motors and Coca-Cola have been investing heavily on neuromarketing since the 1990s. Today, a lot of other companies have already followed suit.  There are goods reason why you should start thinking about using the consumer brain when it comes to your marketing. Let’s discuss the most notable ones.

 

To read full article written by Daniel Heerkens from 2Stallions and featured in Marketing Institute of Singapore’s online magazine click here.

 

HONG KONG – (September 7, 2017) –Allied Pickfords, a SIRVA brand, today announced it has been honoured with the International Moving Company of the Year accolade for the fifth consecutive time in the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMA), organised by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM).  The EMMAs are the global mobility industry’s premier awards, celebrating excellence in mobility worldwide and signifying continued improvement and innovation in the delivery of relocation services.

 

Allied Pickfords was praised by the judging panel for client responsiveness, highlighting the expansive global network and extensive range of end-to-end mobility services as part of the SIRVA family.

 

“Across all areas, this company has clearly differentiated themselves across the roster,” read the judging comments. “The breadth of coverage and scope of services offered truly supports diverse needs of clients.”

 

To see full press release click here.

 

According to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for Q4 2017, Singapore’s Net Employment Outlook is +11%, the strongest in two years.

 

Staffing levels are expected to increase in six of the seven industry sectors, with Public Administration & Education sector reporting the highest outlook of +22%.

 

Employers in the Services sector and the Transportation & Utilities sector also forecast a steady increase in staffing levels, with Outlooks of +18% and +17%, respectively, their strongest Outlooks in over two years. Meanwhile, employers from Mining & Construction sector are uncertain about hiring, reporting an outlook of -1%, its weakest in more than 8 years.

 

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Singapore, 30 August 2017Australian International School (AIS) and Stamford American International School (Stamford American), two international schools in Singapore within the Cognita Group, today celebrated the grand opening of their world-class Early Learning Village, a collaborative venture and shared campus, 100% educational by design for children aged 18 months to six years old – a world first of this scale for early years education.

 

The Village is a compelling proposition for all nationalities including Singaporeans and while both schools are in one location, they operate independently supporting their respective education philosophies and pathways. Stamford American offers International Baccalaureate® (IB) and the US curriculum on the Northern Hemisphere academic calendar (August to June) while AIS offers the Australian curriculum on the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar (January to December).

 

The stunning 50,000 sqm campus is the equivalent size of seven football fields and is truly a ground-breaking addition to Singapore’s education landscape.

 

To see full press release click here.

 

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Orbis Singapore organizes blindfold lunches in schools and office premises to raise awareness of the importance of eye sight. It is a great way to engage your employees and give back to the Singapore community.

Some primary schools get fewer opportunities and funding for extra-curricular activities. Sponsoring a Blindfold Lunch is a great way for these students to have fun outside of class time and learn more about avoidable blindness, eye care tips and encourage empathy.

 

We currently have one primary school on the wait list but we need one (or two!) corporate sponsors and volunteers for the event on 26 and 27 October.

Contact Elaine at Elaine.Woon@orbis.org to learn more about how you can help the students have a great day!

*26 October: We are looking for 38 volunteers and event sponsorship of $5,640

*27 October: We are looking for 31 volunteers and event sponsorship of $4,650

 

About Project Orbis Singapore

We are an international non-profit organisation that transforms lives by working to eliminate avoidable blindness. We do this through long-term country programs with partner hospitals, the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, and Cybersight, our telemedicine platform. We are registered as a charity under the Ministry of Health in Singapore.

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16 August 2017, Singapore – Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present our annual SE Asia Project Finance Conference 2017. Demographic change, increasing natural resource demands, urbanisation and the growing significance of environmental aspects are creating a growing need for investment in all types of mega projects in the Southeast Asia.

 

According to Asian Development Bank (ADB), emerging Asia is expected to require in excess of US$8 trillion of additional funding per decade in order to meet its infrastructure needs. While it is an urgent challenge, at the same time, it creates abundance of opportunities for Southeast Asia’s mega projects.

 

Join them at the ALB SE Asia Project Finance Conference 2017 as they bring together industry experts and key players to discuss on the trends and innovative ways forward of SEA project financing. This conference also covers topics on the key trends and developments within the project finance market and regulatory, alternative financing, risk assessments and many more.

 

Key Topics

  • Recent legislative developments in the South East Asia project finance arena
  • Striking a balanced risk sharing matrix amongst stakeholders for smooth project development
  • What are the ongoing opportunities and risks for investors in ASEAN’s mega projects?
  • Exploring new and innovative financing options for PPP in infrastructure to facilitate accelerated growth
  • Improving project bankability and project risks
  • Key trends and implications for the legal market in project finance industry

 

Key Benefits of Attending

  • Position yourself as an internationally acclaimed leader which bridges project finance efforts between investors, borrowers and regulators in Southeast Asia
  • Discover new opportunities with the budding model of project bond market and new financial integration
  • Identifying alternative financing options, innovative PPP models and new investment methods
  • Learn how to perform project finance risk analysis to ensure project success

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.legalbusinessonline.com/conferences/seapf2017  or email Azrielle at Azrielle.looi@thomsonreuters.com

 

To register: https://www.regonline.com/seapf2017  

Bearing a much sought-after address in Bangkok, 98 Wireless is the most expensive luxury freehold condominium in the capital city of Thailand.

 

The 25-story rare freehold residential development has only 77 limited-edition and well-appointed apartments offering two-bedrooms, three-bedrooms and three-bedroom Duplex Residences, as well as Penthouses and a Super Penthouse aptly known as The One. Befitting of its stature, the ultra-spacious abodes at 98 Wireless range from 120 square meters to 950 square meters, and offer private lift access for ultimate privacy. There is also ample parking in the basement with thoughtful provision of super-car lots for luxury marques and electric vehicle charger spaces for next-generation cars.

 

At 98 Wireless, the bespoke amenities spread over three levels. One is ushered into a tranquil retreat the minute one steps into the regal reception hall. Designed by New York-based Anne Carson Interiors and exclusively styled in Ralph Lauren Home, no expense has been spared – starting with the stunning Ralph Lauren handmade chandelier that illuminates the lobby. The enduring timelessness extends to the Embassy Hall and Gampu Lounge on the ground floor where the five-meter ceiling height lends an expansive feel as you relax on the sofa either with a book or have a private tete-a-tete. The juxtaposition of vintage furniture with classic contemporary pieces lends a refined air replete with historical richness.

 

Being the only freehold super luxury condominium available on Bangkok’s Embassy Row, one would not expect any less of 98 Wireless which makes a majestic architectural statement. Crafted from European Beaux-Arts inspiration which starts from the magnificent facade to the dignified interiors, 98 Wireless is the epitome of cosmopolitan Manhattan, New York. The handpicked selection of marble and limestone exudes an air of timeless elegance and understated luxury. The building exterior is rendered in a timeless classic style which embraces architectural integrity and the highest level of craftsmanship.

 

Please visit List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore website at https://goo.gl/5XjSYn or contact a Relationship Manager for more information on 98 Wireless.

 

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In 2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. At the time of her passing in 2016, Zaha Hadid Architects firm was the fastest growing architectural firm in London. Several of her designs are to be released posthumously in the years to come. Mayfair is one of them, a landmark that will forever be part of her sterling legacy. Mayfair offers discerning residents capacious floor spaces, bespoke quality and attention to the finest detail.

 

Fluid curves were inspired by the forces of nature, featuring looping balconies reminiscent of rippling sand dunes and ocean waves. It is a building that comes alive as you approach, drawing you in. A discreet lift takes you directly into your residence through your private lift lobby. Each lift serves only two residences on each floor, connected to your dedicated basement car garages or amenity levels. Your 24-hour concierge at an exceptional grand lobby welcomes you home, while amenities await from Levels 1 to 3, including a 25-meter lap pool, gymnasium, sauna and private cinema. The rooftop on Level 20 offers facilities such as jacuzzi, outdoor BBQ area, dining lounge and outdoor terrace accessible to all residents. Residents can bask on the rooftop terrace with stunning views to Albert Park Lake and Port Phillip Bay.

 

Located on Melbourne’s most superior boulevard, Mayfair offers easy access to some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, top public and private schools, lush gardens and a transportation hub. Trams run frequently along St Kilda Road, while the new proposed Domain train station is in the pipeline. Mayfair is surrounded by lush greenery as it is in close proximity to iconic parks like Albert Park Lake and Royal Botanic Gardens. St Kilda Road boasts a vibrant arts and culture vibe. The nearby Arts Centre and Hamer Hall also offer alluring venues for inspired performances, from ballet to opera. Mayfair is within walking distance to some of the best institutions of learning in Victoria, both public and private, such as Melbourne Grammar, Mac. Robertson Girls’ High School and Wesley College. The University of Melbourne and RMIT are just a short tram ride away.

 

Please visit List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore website at https://goo.gl/TvLN6K or contact a Relationship Manager for more information on Mayfair.

 

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Vietnam is the most complex country in Asia Pacific for accounting and tax compliance – just beating its giant and complex neighbour, China – according to TMF Group’s inaugural Financial Complexity Index 2017.

The leading provider of global business and compliance services ranked 94 jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas, with 1 being most complex and 94 the least complex. Hong Kong came in at 91 as the easiest place in APAC for compliance from an accounting and tax perspective; only the Cayman Islands, BVI and UAE were ranked less complex for business across the world.

TOP 5 MOST COMPLEX JURISDICTIONS IN ASIA PACIFIC FOR ACCOUNTING AND TAX COMPLIANCE

JURISDICTION GLOBAL RANKING
Vietnam 5
China 7
India 10
Pakistan 19
Philippines 25

MOST IMPORTANT COMPLIANCE TRENDS FOR APAC PROFESSIONALS

  1. Risk of non-compliance with local regulation: 24%
  2. Tax compliance (possibly of tax audits): 20%
  3. Accounting complexity: 16%
  4. Future impact of technology: 14%
  5. BEPS and transfer pricing: 12%

Results summary

  • Asia Pacific has three jurisdictions in the top 10: Vietnam (5), China (7) and India (10). Complexity around invoicing, filing and the conducting of audits is high with very specific documentation and processes applied.
  • The burden of reporting creates headaches in Vietnam. Regular filings are required alongside various monthly, quarterly and semi-annual statistics reports, foreign contractor tax and VAT returns, and numerous yearly statutory reports.
  • Tax is a real issue for businesses operating in Vietnam. The VAT system is very confusing and requires expertise to understand its exemptions, refunds, various VAT rates and proper filing of VAT. Businesses must correctly determine which VAT calculation method best suits the business, and ensure tax processes are followed correctly.
  • Elsewhere in APAC, India places 10th globally thanks to a tax system that’s complex and multi-layered. Business leaders have a close eye on the 1 July introduction of a Goods and Services Tax (GST), established as a comprehensive indirect tax on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods and services throughout India as a way to replace taxes levied by both central and state governments.

Commenting on the rankings, TMF Group’s Head of Asia Pacific Paolo Tavolato said:”Vietnam is one of the most dynamic economies in ASEAN, growing quickly and looking to claim a place as the world’s manufacturing hub – but many foreign nationals find its regulations on business unnecessary and overly burdensome.

“The government is making moves to improve this, adopting the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and working to improve and streamline the tax system. It’s also looking to gain investor confidence by bringing the Vietnam Accounting Standard and System (VAS) to be in line with the IFRS.

To download the full report please visit: tmf-group.com/FCI2017