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Skills shortages, labour curbs may hit Singapore manufacturing

PICTURES BY ROSLAN RAHMAN. VIDEO BY THEODORE LIM. by Martin Abbugao Singapore has attracted high-tech manufacturers with incentives and a well-educated workforce, but growing demand for highly skilled labour, combined with limits on numbers of foreign workers may mean a tougher path ahead. The city-state is a major producer of products ranging from aircraft engines to medical equipment and oil …

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Employment agency fined for insensitive online advertising of foreign domestic workers on Carousell, Notice of License revocation served

An employment agency, SRC Recruitment LLP (SRC), was fined $78,000 in the State Courts on Wednesday (30 April) under the Employment Agencies Act (EAA) for insensitive advertising of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) on online marketplace Carousell. The company was prosecuted by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in October 2018. The employment agency (EA) pleaded guilty on 26 March 2019 to …

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Singaporean employees prefer instant feedback from their manager compared to the traditional yearly job performance reviews: Randstad Singapore

As the working environment changes and working relationships become more informal, Randstad – one of the world’s largest HR solution agencies – found out in its survey that real-time feedback is finding its way more into the workforce these days as it gives employees a chance to ask for new growth opportunities as they present themselves, or raise any red …

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IBM to shut down Tampines manufacturing plant, retrench remaining staff members

The remaining staff members at IBM’s manufacturing plant in Tampines will soon be facing its final retrenchment exercise as the company seeks to move its manufacturing processes to the United States, where IBM was first established. Responding to TODAY‘s queries, the US global technology firm said that the impending move to Poughkeepsie in New York is based on “IBM’s continual …

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Chili’s Singapore blames tightening of foreign worker quota for its closure

Last month, Chili’s Singapore announced the closure of its restaurant chain. Chili’s Singapore was run by Belgarath Investments through GDA Restaurants, which was Chili’s franchisee. It had 3 stores in Singapore at Tanglin Mall, Resorts World Sentosa and Clarke Quay Central mall. Mr Greg Blakney, managing director of Belgarath Investments, blamed the new foreign-worker quota announced by the government in …

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Migrant workers go hungry in rich Singapore due to subpar catering services

Singapore is well known the world over for its meticulous planning and distinct skyline – the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by Bay and Singapore Flyers are instantly identifiable as belonging to this small economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia. The country’s building and construction sector which is valued at nearly S$30.5 billion in 2018 depends on a massive pool of blue-collar …

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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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