Number of “Self-employed” locals increased by 20,000

In Parliament on Monday (5 Mar), while talking about giving more support to freelancers in Singapore, Second Manpower Minister Josephine Teo revealed that the number of “self-employed” people in Singapore has, in fact, risen by some 10%. She revealed that based on the Government’s latest survey, the number of residents “self-employed” for at least six months last year rose to …

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MOM tightens Jobs Bank advertising requirements while companies flout rules

In Parliament on Monday (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say announced expanding the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) to give Singaporeans fair access to more high-quality jobs. “We will expand the requirement to advertise jobs on the national Jobs Bank before EP (employment pass) application to cover more employers,” he said. From Jul 1, companies with 10 or more employees …

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Using Grace Fu’s arguments, MP Charles Chong should also apologise to WP

In Parliament yesterday (6 Mar), Minister Grace Fu joined in to ask Workers’ Party Chairman Sylvia Lim to apologise to the House before the end of Parliament’s sitting on Thursday (8 Mar). Ms Lim has earlier alleged on 1 March that the government had floated “test balloons” before the Budget announcement, then possibly “backed down” on an immediate GST hike due …

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Number of companies blacklisted for not hiring SGs jumps 100% – they say SGs “unable or unwilling” to work

In Parliament today (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say revealed that some 500 companies have been placed on a government watch list for not doing enough to hire Singaporeans. This number has increased by 100% from the 250 companies placed on the list last year. Minister Lim said that these companies have the “pre-conceived ideas” that local professionals, managers …

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Academic wants govt to increase defence spending even more

Writing for ST yesterday (‘Defence spending: A case of too much or not enough?’, 3 Mar 2018), Dr Graham Ong-Webb from the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies attempts to defend the PAP government’s position of increasing defence spending in Singapore. In fact, he asked, “Are we spending enough?” He said, “In some quarters, there is a nascent perception that …

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