International labor migration is an important driver of development in Asia. To support it after the pandemic, policies are needed that are not just reactive but integrated into national development strategies.
To make it easier for companies to participate in work-based training, governments need to mandate, fund, and train institutions to provide such services.
Official labor statistics take significant time to produce. In contrast, online job portals are already providing a window into labor demand in the post-pandemic job market.
Despite the global economic turmoil, remittances remained remarkable resilient during the pandemic. Reforms are needed to keep this financial lifeline strong in the years ahead.
An ADB economist who specializes in the areas of education, skills development and jobs, answers questions about which jobs are best suited to work-from-home arrangements, based on a recent study in Southeast Asia.
In Southeast Asia, women workers were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Urgent policy action is needed to address the issue and improve the welfare of women in other areas as well.
Women and young people were hit the hardest by job losses during the pandemic but some governments used innovative policies to improve the situation.
The discourse on quality jobs and decent work has changed since the onset of the pandemic. This transition has provided key insights and policy implications.
As the Philippines rebounds from the pandemic, strengthening labor market programs will be critical to help workers and enterprises make the transition.
Companies deploying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, and investing in reskilling and upskilling for digital occupations, are likely to recover faster from the impact of the pandemic.