Labour

Josephine Teo: I’ve got 60,000 job vacancies waiting to be filled

Speaking at the Sats Inflight Catering Centre 2 yesterday (22 Jul), Manpower Minister Josephine Teo told the media that there are currently about 60,000 vacancies waiting to be filled, with some half of them for PMETs (‘About 60,000 job vacancies waiting to be filled, with about half for PMETs: Josephine Teo‘, 22 Jul). She was at the Sats centre announcing …

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Istana offering lowball salaries for its butlers and cooks?

Netizens are questioning and commenting on the recent job advertisement placed by the Istana for potential job seekers to sign up for the position of “Assistant Senior Butlers/ Butlers” The advertisement puts the gross monthly salary range at $1,400 to $2,000. This means that the job seeker will be taking back $1,120 to $1,600 after deduction for his or her …

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Young graduates struggle with increasing uncertain career prospects as Singapore’s labour market undergoes disruption

As labour markets worldwide – including in Singapore – undergo disruption in multiple forms, particularly with the advent of globalisation and rapid technological developments, fresh university graduates in Singapore seem to struggle with being employed in positions and sectors in their field of study. Around 5.2 per cent of working-age Singaporeans below 30 years old are unemployed as of Q1 …

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Who is being educated for the future economy?

by Brad Bowyer The World Economic Forum Global Jobs Report 2018 opens with the following statement in its key findings: “As technological breakthroughs rapidly shift the frontier between the work tasks performed by humans and those performed by machines and algorithms, global labour markets are undergoing major transformations. These transformations, if managed wisely, could lead to a new age of …

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Retrenched young working Singaporeans cannot find jobs; Many turn to becoming a private-hire driver

It was recently reported in the media that a young Singaporean in his late 20s lost his engineering job and was unable to secure another job. Feeling hopeless, he holed himself up at home, mostly playing computer games and eventually developed the “hikikomori” syndrome. The term “hikikomori” was coined by Japanese psychologist Tamaki Saitoō in the late 1990s, referring to …

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Photographer receives payment of S$922 from producer after dodging her request for four months, highlighting the unethical practices in the filmmaking industry

A junior photographer named Eskay Seah took to her Facebook on 19 June (Wednesday) to disclose the horrible experience that she went through with a producer called Sha Ali from Ignasia Incorporated Pte Ltd who failed to pay her for a freelance gig despite her constant chasing for over four months. It all started in February this year when Ms …

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Civil servants to receive 0.45-month mid-year bonus in July

Civil servants will receive 0.45-month mid-year bonus in July, which is a slightly lower amount than last year, the Public Service Division (PSD) announced in a press release on Thursday (13 May). It also stated that they will also get a one-off lump sum payment of $200 for all civil servants. Lower-wage civil servants in Grades IV and V of …

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Posting from foreign PMET shows how companies are running rings around MOM

A recent post by a foreign PMET on expat.com, a popular expat forum, had revealed how companies can run rings around Singapore’s Manpower Ministry (MOM) in order to get more foreigners to work in their companies. The foreigner, apparently from the Philippines, wrote that his company applied for him an S-Pass on 21 Jan this year but was rejected 2 …

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