This week’s international HR headlines: Interns in the GCC, minimum wage in Malaysia and working on vacation in the UAE

25 Aug 2017 By PM Editorial

The top stories from People Management’s international websites

1. More than half of UAE employees work while on vacation

So-called ‘leaveism’ is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UAE as employees struggle with high work loads. A recent study by Middlesex University Dubai MBA student Lakshmi Nair revealed that more than half of employees worked during their vacations, from several times a week to as often as several times a day.

2. Networking is the favoured career development tool for HRDs in Asia

A study by Hays revealed networking is the career tool most beneficial to HR directors looking to develop their careers. Organised networking events were found to be the preferred choice, while social media was also commonly used to keep up with emerging trends and to maintain a connection with the industry.

3. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) companies are employing more interns

A new survey by found that four out of five businesses always have interns on their books. Respondents said using interns allowed them to identify talent for future positions and quickly fill temporary and seasonal positions.

4. Minimum wage increases in Malaysia could lead to job losses

Minimum wage increases, which are carried out every two years by the Malaysian government, are doing more harm than good to the country’s low-skilled workers, Dr Carmelo Ferlito, senior fellow at Malaysia’s Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, has warned. He cautioned that rising wages could result in more companies turning to automation, resulting in job losses, but this analysis is disputed by others.

5. Saudi universities to prioritise hiring nationals

The Saudi Arabian Ministry for Education has announced it will only be recruiting foreigners to government universities as a last resort, as part of a drive to increase employment levels and opportunities for nationals.

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