It is time for each country in Asean to set up a labour market information system to help manage the challenges posed by increasing worker mobility and to resolve labour shortages in various countries and industries, say experts.
Imbalances between the number of available workers and jobs are a problem across Asia Pacific. With economic growth in Asia threatened because of slowdowns elsewhere in the world, there will be an impact on the quantity and quality of jobs available, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned recently.
In Southeast Asia, labour migration and wages remain highly contentious issues. Singapore since the late 1970s has been one of the major recipients of foreign workers, despite attempts to limit foreign labour numbers at one-third of its total workforce.
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