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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: What Businesses Can Do

Transitions to Formal Employment

Mariam, now 22 years old, dresses up to leave for work with a smile on her face. She is now a formal employee in the factory where she was previously working as a casual worker. She is a machine operator at the factory. Mariam owes a lot to Fatema and her employer for the training they provided. The training developed her and the skills of other entry level female workers. It also built their confidence so that they can be promoted to positions as operators and supervisors. It worked for Mariam.

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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: Considering Productivity

Accounting for Low Productivity in the Informal Sector

At six o’clock in the morning Mariam, now 18 years old, wakes up and gets ready for the day. She works at a garments factory just outside Dhaka city. As she brushes her hair, she remembers her work as a maid. She was just a child. She cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids when their parents weren’t around. Maryam has bad memories of those times. She always felt the family were unhappy with her work. But she didn’t know why. Sometimes they were happy and would give her gifts of clothes and sometimes money.  When she they were unhappy…well, those really were painful memories.

That’s all behind her now. But work in the factory isn’t easy, either.

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What the papers say

Health in Garments Work

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star and Migration News. Here is the news for the week ending 7th December, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about growing employment opportunities for differently abled people. And an international NGO continues to help garments workers address their health needs. The Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment – with the help of international organizations – discusses issues in international labour migration. The leather-goods industry, tourism industry and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is making good progress. And the government is keen to attract foreign investment.

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Work Stream

Women’s Path Forward

Agamir Pothey: Promoting Our Women

Olympic Industries launches “Agamir Pothey”

“Agamir Pothey” or The Path Forward is a development programme for entry level women employees.

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Work Stream

Help for the Aged

Social Protection for the Poor

Manusher Jonno Foundation tells Bangladeshi citizens about their rights to the social protection schemes provided by the Government of Bangladesh.

Quay Asia assigned two highly experienced consultants to evaluate this important project.

The Civil Society project is part of a wider Programme of technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh.

UK Aid and Australian Aid support the Government of Bangladesh to improve the way it gives allowances for the poor.

But many poor people are not aware of their entitlements. And so Mansuher Jonno works with local organisations to help poor get the help they deserve.

Photo of Shameen used with her kind permission

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Issues in the Labour Market

Transitions: Next Steps

Youth face many challenges trying to find work, and attaining a certain level of education or certain skills will only get them so far. Not only do skills training programs need to do a better job teaching youth the best and most up-to-date technical skills, they need to teach youth better soft skills. That was made clear by the last post. However, that only tells half the story. Employers also need to be better recipients and need to adopt better practices to get the most of their new, inexperienced youth employees.

To better understand some of these issues, we asked employers and human resource experts what they thought.

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Work Stream

A Test of Salt

In the photograph above a chemist and production manager work together to ensure adequate levels of iodine in the salt produced in their salt mill.

Documenting Salt Iodization in Bangladesh

Quay Asia is documenting the history of salt iodization in Bangladesh for Nutrition International.

The Government’s Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders project aims to achieve Universal Salt Iodization in Bangladesh by 2023.

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A Growing Team

Mandy Moves On!

Mandy joined Quay Asia back in October 2017 as a new comer to the world of consulting and project management.

Mandy quickly learned how we do business at Quay Asia. She contributed to our weekly round up of the Bangladesh print press. And helped me write the second trilogy in our on-going series of articles on the labour market.

Read issues in the labour market here.

Mandy learned how to deliver training programs as part of a Quay Asia team providing executive education to the managers of Olympic Industries. (One of these training session is picture above).

We wish Mandy all the best for her career.

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What the papers say

Jute Rejuvenated

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 15 March 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about seminars and dialogues on career and employment. A fair was organized by the jute and textiles ministry. Export earnings from garments have seen an increase. UNICEF is said to provide financial assistance to Bangladesh for its child-related activities. We also hear about a study published by Business Finance for Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) project on growth of small enterprises. A new farming initiative helps improving nutrition for families living on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

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What the papers say

Women and Machines

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 8 March 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

… business ties between Vietnam and Bangladesh grow through investment and trade. A study suggests women garments workers are losing out to machines. And retired jute workers struggle for their retirement benefits.

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What the papers say

Women at the Top

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development and the wider economy. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 1 March 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

… a woman entrepreneur becomes the chairman of Janata Bank. Starting soon: A 12-month investment readiness accelerator programme to promote small and growing businesses. Bangladesh is likely to receive foreign investment. This will create employment opportunities for many. Recently, stakeholders discussed the need to address multidimensional poverty of urban children to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). And farmers suffer losses in egg farming business.

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What the papers say

Formalising Enterprise

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 22 February 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about new venture capital financing and about changes in informal employment. Accord reports on remediation in the garment sector.  And the International Labour Organization urges Bangladesh to ensure that the Bangladesh Labour Act and the Bangladesh Labour Rules meet the ILO Conventions.

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What the papers say

Automation Arrives

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 15 February 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about cash incentives for the Information and Communication Technology industry. The introduction of automation in the garment sector leads to skills training programs for garment workers. Unilever supports key UNDP projects to create employment opportunities for women and also support small entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities. The agriculture sector on the other hand faces some ups and downs.

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What the papers say

Fish Nets Filled

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 8 February 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about Bangladesh being among the top five Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to have achieved economic growth in 2017. We also learn about a rise in exports and remittances. Swiss president gave a positive nod about growing economic relations between Bangladesh and Switzerland. And hilsa fishermen and traders enjoy good business and profits.

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Updates

What the papers say …taking a break

Mandy is on leave this week. The next What the Papers Say post will be on 8 February 2018.