Which country do you want to work in?
Hong Kong had a justifiable reputation built on a dynamic society and economy, part of China but with a distinct legal system and history of civil rights molded by its history as a British colony. This changed with the campaign for greater political and civil rights which was opposed by the Hong Kong government and ultimately shut down by the Chinese government in 2020 and 2021 with the passage of a National Security law and arrests of activists.
With the end of political discussion, debates and demonstrations in favor of its autonomy, Hong Kong has experienced a wave of outward migration and restrictions due to the pandemic that have called its previous status into question.
As a foreigner, if you are interested in working in Hong Kong, check out the online job boards and look at the visa requirements. There are still many reasons to look at HK as a work or career destination, but it would be similar to the mainland as far as restrictions on speech and surveillance if that is a consideration for you. It is still unknown if that would affect business investment.
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Statement on latest Japan travel restrictions (Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Being the 3rd largest economy in the world, Japan is expected to recover from the effects of the pandemic in 2022, but it is still unclear how it has affected employers' hiring plans. Despite restrictions on work visas and entry into Japan during the different waves of the pandemic, it is an economy that is attracting more and more talent from the rest of the world in fields as diverse as healthcare to technology.
It has one of the more open visa programs for holders of bachelors degrees or specialized skills if you can find an employer who will sponsor you for a position. While travel has been largely shut down during the pandemic-related lockdowns, as Japan opens up, you can check out the online jobs boards to plan your applications for jobs.
- Baitoru.com - Part-time jobs in Japan in Japanese
- Daijob.com - one of the largest bilingual job boards in Japan
- Careercross.com - Owned by JAC, a recruitment company, one of the first bilingual job boards
- Gaijinpot.com - A large English jobs website also handling life in Japan for Foreigners
- Jobs in Japan - A relatively new job board for bilingual jobs for foreigners
- Wantedly - A job board and social network for job applicants in Japan.
- Indeed.jp - A global job aggregator
- Bizreach - A Japanese-only executive job board
- We-xpats - A Job board for foreigners looking for a job in Japan
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Link to the Singapore Government website on Covid 19.
Explanation of Travel Restrictions to Singapore
Singapore is an advanced economy in South East Asia, and a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), with jobs that attract foreigners from all over the globe. If you. like many others, want to work in Singapore, they have a very efficient work pass system that has helped fuel their economic growth by inviting international talent to work in many industries.While the government has raised requirements for certain visa categories and tightened overall employer regulations for hiring from overseas, they have also stressed that Singapore is committed to attracting overseas talent to boost Singapore's economy.
During the pandemic, Singapore has imposed entry restrictions on foreign visa holders and short-term visitors but has recently opened Vaccinated Travel Lanes for visitors from certain countries who have received one of the available vaccines. Check out the latest covid news and guidance from the Singapore government to see if you can enter or apply for jobs from overseas.
Working in 2022 will have some challenges as companies figure out how their business will do during a pandemic, but the experience of living and working in Singapore can be reassuring for people moving from other advanced economies. Check out these job boards if you are looking for positions and employers who might sponsor your work pass.
If you are bilingual in another language, you can check for job listings in that language. Here are some job listings in Japanese
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Check out the Malaysian government website on Covid 19
Look at the Malaysian Star, an English-language newspaper for news about Malaysia.
There are jobs using English, and companies that will sponsor work visas if you have skills and experience they can't find locally. Check out these job boards.
Search the web for information on Vietnam's economy, and you'll find the World Bank has good resources on the country.
For information on Vietnam entry requirements, see here.
"Vietnam’s development record over the past 25 years is remarkable. Economic and
political reforms under Đổi Mới, launched in 1986, have spurred rapid economic growth
and development and transformed Vietnam from one of the world’s poorest to a lower
Local Job Boards
If you know Japanese, you can try these job boards. (日本語)
Covid 19 in China. When is Omicrom coming? an article from Voice of America website
Entry to China is generally restricted only to Nationals and visa holders, along with a 3 week or longer quarantine period for overseas entrants.
"Since initiating market reforms in 1978, China has shifted from a centrally-planned to a
market-based economy and has experienced rapid economic and social development.
GDP growth has averaged nearly 10 percent a year—the fastest sustained expansion by
a major economy in history—and has lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty.
China reached all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and made a
major contribution to the achievement of the MDGs globally."
Thailand became an upper-middle income economy in 2011 . Over the last four decades,
Thailand has made remarkable progress in social and economic development, moving
from a low-income country to an upper-income country in less than a generation. As
such, Thailand has been one of the widely cited development success stories, with
sustained strong growth and impressive poverty reduction, particularly in the 1980s.
However, average growth has slowed to 3.5 percent over 2005-2015. The government
has embarked on an ambitious reform program to raise Thailand’s long-term growth path
and achieve high-income status
The Philippines is famous for its human capital which has traveled to every part of the world, supplying workers in industries from logistics to healthcare to information technology and more. While a young population and English-language educational system has powered the growth of industries, it is still a developing country with a large rural economy.
If you are interested in working in the Philippines in industries that have careers for foreign workers, you can search for companies and positions at the following online job boards.
About Taiwan's Economy
Indonesia has the largest population and economy in ASEAN, and is blessed with a lot of natural resources. If you are looking for a job in Indonesia, and are interested in the culture and language, then you can check out the following job boards for positions. While it is also battling the spread of Covid 19, and has the challenges of a developing economy when marshaling its healthcare sector to combat it, it is looking to attract more foreign workers to share their talents and expertise. The key is finding the right position and company to work in, and you can start with the following job boards.
Korea has experienced remarkable success in combining rapid economic growth with
significant reductions in poverty. Government of Korea policies resulted in real GDP
growth averaging 10 percent annually between 1962 and 1994. This spectacular
performance was fueled by annual export growth of 20 percent in real terms, while
savings and investment rose sharply above 30 percent of GDP.
Article on Cambodia's Success with Covid 19 Handling, low number of cases.
See youtube or other social media for links to information and search for companies at foreign chambers of commerce. Cambodia is an developing country which is famous for its tourist sites like Angkor Wat, location in Southeast Asia and investment from China. If you are interested in finding a job, check out their online job boards.
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Japanese Links 日本語
Check out our main page on working in Laos
Laos Job Boards
Check out our main page on Working in Myanmar
"Most COVID-19 cases are now being found in greater Yangon, Myanmar's most populous region, with more than 8 million residents, and also its most densely packed." One source of information referenced by the article is the International NGO Forum of Myanmar.
Links Updated 10/18/2020
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