In 2020, the MSME sector, spanning over 1.15 million businesses, employed 7.3 million people, or almost half of the country’s workforce.
COVID-19 curbs slowed down job growth in July, although the country reported job additions for its fifth consecutive month.
Under the guidelines, employers should be able to take the necessary precautions should their workers be unvaccinated.
Eligible recipients will receive Rp$1 million for two consecutive months, and will have to be registered with the Workers Social Security Agency.
This is on top of an additional 30 days of maternity leave that mothers of a third child were awarded at end-May.
This was largely due to the improvement in employment in the F&B, wholesale and retail sectors, based on official data.
Malaysia’s National Security Council is expected to announce the reopening of business sectors on the week of August 9.,
The survey by the Japan Business Federation found that the pandemic impacted businesses in the non-manufacturing sectors the most.
To help people find jobs, the government has allocated RM2 billion (US$0.47 billion) under the PenjanaKerjaya programme.
The labour cost index (LCI) of all salary and wages, including overtime pay, increased by 2.1%, showing an increase of 1.6% in the year-to-March 2021 quarter.
The new rate will take effect on 1 January 2022, translating to a monthly wage of 1.91 million won (US$1,672), and will apply across all industries.
The number of unemployed people declined by 12.4%, marking the largest quarterly percentage fall in unemployment since 1986.
Parents who were previously not eligible for paternity or adoption leave can now qualify for benefits up to S$30,000.
He urged support for skilled talent and the gig economy to foster entrepreneurial capabilities and innovation to build new growth momentum.
Lawmakers have since escalated calls for a new relief package, with the idea of an extra budget valued at 30 trillion yen being floated around.
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has approved eight new projects worth US$71.4 million expected to create over 9,500 jobs.
The Malaysian government aims to fully reopen the economy by October earliest, based around recommendations by the National Recovery Council.
Formal workers will be able to receive a one-time cash assistance of P$5,000 (US$100) under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Programme.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has urged local officials to provide information on the number of unemployed people who need assistance.
Some 580,000 businesses, representing 49% of the SME sector, are at risk of failing by October this year if they are not allowed to open up operations by then.
Vice-Premier Liu He has also urged entrepreneurs to contribute to China’s economic development by supporting SMEs in the country.,
Under the proposal, business owners and workers will have to be fully vaccinated and undergo a weekly COVID-19 swab test.
Marital status is the most important determinant of women’s employment., with those who are married 38% less likely to be in paid employment.
The gender gap persists in more areas other than pay, such as the number of hours worked, highlights QCOSS.
Those in their 20s and 30s accounted for 46.8% of the total discouraged workers in June, up 8.2 percentage points from the year before.
Employers are also advised to set up a dedicated safety department at the workplace and appoint a safety office at the work site.
Flexible working arrangements are also encouraged so that vaccine appointments can be scheduled for about 400,000 workers employed by the state.
“End of contract” refers to a highly contested form of contractualisation where workers are hired for not more than five months.
Only a minority support the views that people would miss their co-workers, be less productive and become burned out by flexible working.
The government has been asked to ensure that the support to events, tourism and F&B from vaccinations lead to a sustained recovery.