The five top stories from People Management's international websites this week

1. Vietnam’s overtime limits set to double

The country’s manufacturing sector has been calling on the government for some time to increase the overtime limit, to make Vietnam more competitive within the region. Now, the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs has proposed raising the overtime limit from 200 to 400 hours per year.

2. Expatriate salaries in Hong Kong hit five-year low

The average expatriate pay package for a middle manager in Hong Kong has reached a five-year low and industry experts are warning of a sharp rise in workers leaving jobs for better pay. Lee Quane, regional director for Asia at expatriate management company ECA International, said employers need to “rethink their recruitment strategy”.

3. UAE businesses short on data analytics experts

Data analytics experts are in short supply and UAE organisations need more of them. HR departments want to use data analytics to better understand the nature of their workforces – but first they need to solve the shortage of analytics professionals.

4. Work permit fines for 52,765 UAE employers last year

Late renewals or incomplete work permit registrations led to 141,000 penalties being issued to 52,765 organisations in 2016 – 15 per cent of the total number of companies registered in the country.  

5. Hong Kong the most expensive city in Asia for expats

Hong Kong has been named the most expensive city in Asia for expats to live in and the second costliest in the world, according to a new survey. Singapore has dropped out of the world’s top 20 as its cost of living relative to other cities has fallen. Luanda, the capital of Angola, took the crown as the world’s most expensive city.