East Asia and Pacific Compared by Economy > Entrepreneurship > Hiring and Firing > Index ranking

DEFINITION: Every economy has established a complex system of laws and institutions intended to protect the interests of workers and to guarantee a minimum standard of living for its population. The OECD Job Study and the International Encyclopedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations identify 4 areas subject to statutory regulation in all countries: employment, social security, industrial relations and occupational health and safety. Doing Business focuses on the regulation of employment, specifically the hiring and firing of workers and the rigidity of working hours. This year data on social security payments by the employer and pension benefits, including the mandatory retirement age, have been added. The data on hiring and firing workers are based on a detailed survey of employment and social security regulations. The survey is completed by local law firms. The employment laws of most countries are available online in the NATLEX database, published by the International Labour Organization. In all cases both actual laws and secondary sources are used to ensure accuracy. Conflicting answers are further checked against 2 additional sources, including a local legal treatise on employment regulation. NOTE: This is a ranking derived from several indicators, 1 being the best (ranked first). The higher the number on this graph, the lower their overall ranking. Invert this graph by clicking on 'Amount' at the top. Consult source for details on methodology.


1 Vietnam 122 2005
2 Indonesia 120 2005
3 Taiwan 108 2005
4 South Korea 105 2005
5 China 87 2005
6 Philippines 82 2005
7 Cambodia 79 2005
8 Laos 62 2005
9 Mongolia 54 2005
10 East Timor 50 2005
11 Vanuatu 45 2005
12 Kiribati 36 2005
13 Malaysia 34 2005
14 Papua New Guinea 32 2005
15 Solomon Islands 30 2005
16 Thailand 23 2005
17 Japan 20 2005
18 Fiji 18 2005
19 Australia 14 2005
20 Samoa 12 2005
21 Marshall Islands 9 2005
22 Federated States of Micronesia 8 2005
23 Singapore 7 2005
24 New Zealand 4 2005
25 Tonga 2 2005
26 Palau 1 2005


East Asia and Pacific Compared by Economy > Entrepreneurship > Hiring and Firing > Index ranking


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