On 15 July, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore needed 100,000 foreign workers in the coming year. He said this was “was unavoidable as the labour market was bursting at the seams.” (See here.)
The Prime Minister’s remarks have apparently generated interest in the Philippines.
Below is a news report, apparently on the same day that PM Lee made his remarks, from the Philippines about the “100,000 jobs” openings in Singapore.
Transcripts are provided here as the news report is in Tagalog.
There are 100 000 jobs that are opening right now in Singapore that Filipinos can get. But according to a certain job agency, there are also many opportunities opening up here for those who do not want to leave the country. Reporting is Timi Nubla.
According to newswire agency, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, 100 000 jobs are going to open up for foreigners. In a telephone interview, one local headhunter firm confirmed that there are indeed many new opportunities in the Lion City, particularly in the finance sector which needs accountants and research analysts. Programmers and software developers are needed in the information technology sector.
And also for the hospitality industry, which includes hotels and casinos (card dealers, game operators, entertainers)—the recently-opened Universal Studios needs foreign workers: singers, stuntmen, dancers and mascots are amongst the jobs needed to be filled in Singapore. According to the news source, ABS-CBN, a mascot can earn up to 150 000 pesos a month in Singapore.
But it is not only in Singapore where new opportunities are opening. Here in the country, more and more new job openings are appearing. “There are many companies and employers hiring now, and we think this is because of the [increased] level of optimism people have and also, now, trust in the government,” [says Lloyd Sy, Sales Mgr. at JOBS DB].
In demand in the country are accountants and IT [workers/specialists]. For seekers, there is no shortage of jobs in the country’s ever-growing call-centre industry. JOBS DB’s advice for seekers, especially fresh graduates, employers often look for people with fine communication skills, proficiency in computer use, and above all, a positive attitude. [Says Cora Llamas, JOBS DB’s Corp. Communication Consultant,] “You may be good at your job, but if you are difficult to get along with, do not bother [applying].” Fast learners, and those who have work experience unrelated to one’s educational degree or training are also marketable traits.
Reporting for Bandila, Timi Nubla.
Captions in the news report:
JOB OPENINGS SA SINGAPORE: 100,000
JOB OPENINGS IN SINGAPORE: 100 000
100,000 TRABAHO SA SINGAPORE, PWEDENG APLAYAN NG MGA PILIPINO
[THERE ARE] 100,000 JOBS IN SINGAPORE FILIPINOS MAY APPLY TO
JOB OPPORUTUNITIES SA PILIPINAS, DUMARAMI NA RIN—JOBSDB.COM
JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES, ALSO INCREASING—JOBSDB.COM
MGA TRABAHONG IN DEMAND SA SINGAPORE:
JOBS IN DEMAND IN SINGAPORE:
FINANCE: ACCOUNTANTS, RESEARCH ANALYSTS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: PROGRAMMERS, SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS
HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY: CARD DEALERS, GAME OPERATORS, ENTERTAINERS
HOPSITALITY INDUSTRY: SINGERS, STUNTMEN, DANCERS, MASCOTS
SWELDO NG MASCOT SA SINGAPORE: P 150,000 KADA BUWAN
SALARY OF A MASCOT IN SINGAPORE: P 150 000 PER MONTH
JOB OPENINGS SA BANSA: ACCOUNTANT, I.T., CALL CENTER AGENTS
JOB OPENINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES: ACCOUNTANTS, I.T. [SPECIALISTS], CALL CENTRE AGENTS
KADALASANG HINAHANAP NG MGA EMPLOYERS: COMMUNICATION SKILLS, COMPUTER SKILLS, MABUTING UGALI
WHAT EMPLOYERS USUALLY LOOK FOR: COMMUNICATION SKILLS, COMPUTER SKILLS, POSITIVE ATTITUDE