Stuck in a dead-end job? (28-01-2008) State employees are complaining of low pay, delayed promotions and uncompetitive work environments, with more looking for work in the private sector. HCM CITY — Few opportunities for advancement, delayed promotions, an uncompetitive working environment and inadequate salaries underlie the resignations of a number of State employees who have fled to the private sector, a senior National Assembly official has said. Nguyen Minh Thuyet, vice chairman of the National Assembly's Commission for Culture, Education, Youth and Children, said last week that the wage structure at State companies, which is based mainly on the number of years an employee has served, has discouraged younger staff. Thuyet said that directors in charge of State agencies should be allowed to promote a employee or pay salaries that reflect ability and performance. Brain drain Recent discussion in the local media about the brain drain in the State sector stems from the … [Read more...] about Stuck in a dead-end job?
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In a shock move as polls closed late Thursday, James Purnell stepped down as Work And Pensions Secretary, prompting Brown to reshuffle his government in a bid to relaunch his premiership. Purnell, tipped as a rising star and possible future leader, is the third cabinet minister to quit this week -- but the first to call openly for Brown to go. "I now believe that your continued leadership makes a Conservative victory more, not less, likely. That would be disastrous for our country," Purnell wrote in his resignation letter to Brown. "I am therefore calling on you to stand aside to give our party a fighting chance of winning. As such I am resigning from government." Brown will reshuffle his cabinet Friday, Downing Street said, following the wave of resignations which also included Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and two junior ministers. A reshuffle would be seen as an attempt to relaunch his premiership, particularly in the wake of local election … [Read more...] about British PM battling for future as third top minister quits
Britain's Prince Andrew faced growing calls to quit as an unpaid trade ambassador over his ties with a convicted US sex offender and his hosting of the deposed Tunisian leader's son-in-law. The prince's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy businessman jailed for soliciting underage prostitutes, led to accusations from one opposition politician that Andrew had become an "embarrassment". David Cameron's spokesman said Queen Elizabeth II's second son had the prime minister's full support, but a government source admitted "there won't be many tears shed if he resigns". The prince's spokesman denounced "insinuations" in press reporting of the prince's relationship with Epstein, but the row is an unwelcome distraction for the royals just weeks before the wedding of his nephew, Prince William, and Kate Middleton on April 29. Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson became embroiled in the row Monday after it emerged that Epstein gave her £15,000 ($24,000, 17,000 euros) at the prince's … [Read more...] about British prince faces calls to quit trade role
A recent inspection on job placement centers, including phantom ones, in Ho Chi Minh City revealed that many centers were cheating jobseekers and employers out of their money and operating illegally. Most of the centers are concentrated in the outlying districts of Go Vap, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Thu Duc and Binh Tan and have capitalized on the growing number of jobseekers coming to HCMC looking for work, according to the inspection. The inspection discovered that many centers were swindling clients, both jobseekers and employers, out of their deposits. Usually, jobseekers must pay a deposit to the center to help them look for a job. The job center often promises to return the money if it cannot find a suitable employer for the client. … [Read more...] about Some HCMC job centers cheat jobseekers, operate illegally
A heart-rending essay able to bring tears to anyone is circulating fast online. Its writer is a high school student who gradually learns that money can make the world go round or even stop. Nguyen Trung Hieu wrote the essay in only one night for a literature subject assignment "State your opinions on the role of money in life" at the Hanoi Amsterdam High School. Hieu, who is an 11th grader majoring in physics, received 9 marks out of 10 for the essay. Below is the literal translation by Tuoitrenews: My beloved mother, "My god! You must eat for my benefits, don't skip breakfast. Don't be such a screwball in saving a few pennies, you think a shortage of small money can kill me?". Those are the "refrain" mom sings everyday recently because of my decision to not to eat breakfast before going to school to save some money for mom, for family. There are times when mother scolds me "why are you so miserable thinking over money?" Mother, those are the times when you are angry and I … [Read more...] about A heart-rending letter to mom: I hate money