This week’s international HR headlines: purposeful employment, upskilling in Singapore and AI strategy in the UAE

20 Oct 2017 By Kitty Hafenrichter and Hayley Kirton

The top stories from People Management’s international websites

1. Private sector ‘needs to appeal to young people’s sense of purpose’

Gallup’s 2017 State of the Global Workforce report revealed that, despite an increase in strategies promoting the employment of nationals in private sector organisations across the Middle East, 58 per cent of Middle East and North Africa residents would still prefer to work for the government. The research recommended that private sector employers could better appeal to young people by emphasising a strong sense of purpose.

2. Laws failing to keep up with developments in technology

As more and more organisations incorporate artificial intelligence into the workplace, questions are being raised about legal responsibility. In Hong Kong, the main concerns are employment law and data privacy – but everyone seems to have more questions than answers.

3. How the UAE’s workplace talent brand has changed

With the oil and gas industry losing prominence in the Emirates, other sectors, such as tourism, the creative industries and IT, have come to the fore. This shifting landscape has potentially changed the image and ‘brand’ of the UAE as a place to work, as well as the psychological contract.

4. Why Singapore’s mid-career professionals need new skills

Singapore’s locally trained mid-career professionals are the workers most likely to have their career damaged by redundancy, with this category of employee accounting for as much as 70 per cent of those laid off recently. The city-state’s government is calling on employers to welcome them back into the workforce but, according to experts, the first step towards this is reskilling.

5. UAE government increases focus on artificial intelligence

The UAE strategy for artificial intelligence has been launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as the region pushes forward with its Centennial 2070 objectives. It is hoped the new strategy – the first of its kind in the region – will speed up the government’s performance and produce “a conducive creative environment” encouraging higher productivity.

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