Labour

New HDB portal to be introduced to allow homeowners to advertise and list their own flats – what will happen to property agents?

Starting from Wednesday (11 September), first-time Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat buyers will receive more generous grants and flexibility in deciding the size of their flat and its location. On top of that, the income ceilings to qualify to purchase a HDB flat for potential buyers has also been increased, for the first time in four years. These changes …

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Protectionism impractical for S’pore’s progress, foreign talent still integral in developing local technology: Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing

Insular, “protectionist” measures against skilled foreign workers will not serve Singapore’s growth in the long run as an economy that has long thrived on an “open-door” policy, particularly in light of a global shortage of tech talent supply, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Responding to a supplementary question by West Coast GRC Member of Parliament Patrick Tay …

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S’pore has world’s best education system but govt prefers foreign talents

The government has given notice that it would be starting a new programme to get more foreigners to work in Singapore on Employment Pass (EP), which does not carry any quota limitation. Currently, the minimum qualifying salary for EP is $3,600, only $100 more than the median pay of $3,500 for fresh graduates in Singapore. The government started announcing on …

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Foreign students should be welcome, but never at the expense of Singaporeans: People’s Voice Party questions govt’s S$130mil spending on foreign students

Foreign students should be welcome in Singapore as part of the effort to make the Republic’s educational landscape a richer one, but “never at the expense of young Singaporeans”, said People’s Voice Party. In a video posted on Sun (28 Jul) by founding chief Lim Tean on YouTube of a community visit made by “Shadow Cabinet Member” Cheang Kok Ming …

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EDB and Enterprise SG to make it easier for tech companies to hire FTs even with no qualifications

The Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore announced yesterday (30 July) that foreign PMETs looking to work in Singapore as “core team members” of technology companies might have more flexible requirements over the application of their Employment Pass (EP). EDB and Enterprise Singapore will help “facilitate” easier entry of foreign PMETs to become “core team members” of technology companies …

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51-yr-old Singaporean fined $17,300 for failing to issue written receipts for monies received from foreign worker

A 51-year-old employment agency licensee, Gulab Singh of IBS Consulting Services, was convicted of overcharging employment agency (EA) fees, failing to issue written itemised receipts and receiving monies from a foreign worker as a financial guarantee for the worker’s employment on 25 July 2019. In a press release on Friday (26 July), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) stated that the …

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