Heng tells Singaporeans: Stay open to talent and ideas

Speaking at a book launch at the Grand Hyatt hotel yesterday (23 Mar), Minister Heng Swee Keat told Singaporeans to be open to talent and ideas (‘Singapore must stay open to talent and ideas: Heng Swee Keat‘). Mr Heng noted Singapore and many other countries have benefited from globalisation, but increasingly, people in many countries are questioning the value of …

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Latest data: Number of foreign PMETs continues to increase in Singapore

Last week, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) finally released its foreign workforce numbers. The figures show that even though the number of foreign PMETs on Employment Pass (EP) decreased slightly in the last 2 years from 192,300 to 185,800, the total number of foreign PMETs (i.e, those on EP and S Pass) was increasing: 2013 336,000 2014 349,000 2015 366,500 2016 …

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Filipino on S-Pass: We are humans who have families to support

Singapore Business Review (SBR) published an article last Mon (‘Singapore’s foreign workers left in limbo amidst tighter manpower rules‘, 4 Mar) highlighting that foreigners working in Singapore are “left in limbo” after the recent announcement by the Singapore government to cut work pass quota. During the recent budget debate, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a cut in the foreign …

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Sub-contractor Stargood Construction owes Shimizu Corp S$540,000, says main contractor

Following the protest held by approximately 30 foreign workers at the old Central Provident Fund tower construction site on Mon (4 Mar) over their unpaid salaries allegedly amounting to S$300,000, main contractor Shimizu Corporation has revealed that its sub-contractor Stargood Construction currently owes the main construction firm around S$540,000. TODAY Online reported on Fri (8 Mar) that contrary to the …

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Ms Teo: Govt, unions and employers all agree retirement, re-employment ages of elderly should be raised

In Parliament today (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Josephine Teo told Parliament that the Government, unions and employers have all agreed to raise the retirement age beyond 62 and re-employment age beyond 67 (‘Parliament: Govt, unions and employers agree retirement, re-employment ages should be raised‘). Ms Teo was referring to the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers set up last year to …

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