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MOM: 5 in 10 job vacancies are PMET – Education, healthcare, infocomm and service-related jobs

Nearly half of all vacancies as at 30 September 2016 were for Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs). The job openings were mainly education, healthcare, infocomm and service-related occupations. These are the key findings from the ‘Job Vacancies 2016’ report released on 7 February 2017 by the Manpower Research and Statistics Department (MRSD), Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The steady increase …

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SkillsFuture Singapore aims to reach more Singaporean who have been unemployed

SkillsFuture Singapore is aiming to improve its outreach as to provide Singaporeans with opportunities to develop their potential throughout life regardless of their starting points. Among the newly-formed key priorities this year, the agency wants to reach those who have been unemployed. SkillsFuture Singapore chief executive Ng Cher Pong said, “The group of unemployed Singaporeans certainly is a pressing issue. …

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Are protections for Cambodian domestic workers in Singapore adequate?

Statement on introduction of domestic workers from Cambodia by Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and Legal Support for Children and Women (Cambodia). Last month, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower announced that Cambodia will be a source country for domestic workers from 2017. According to media reports, between 1000 to 1200 domestic workers will be recruited …

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Wage theft and exploitation among migrant workers in Singapore

By Stephanie Chok, first published on Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME)'s blog HOME’s position paper, ‘Wage Theft & Exploitation Among Singapore’s Migrant Workers’, aims to shed light on the multiple ways migrant workers are denied their legally or contractually promised wages, and are subject to a range of exploitative wage practices. Common forms of wage theft include the non-payment …

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MOM: Unemployment increased, redundancies higher, median income increased slightly

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced that amid restructuring and a slower economy, unemployment increased for residents and citizens, redundancies which went higher, and the median income of citizens grew at a slower pace in 2016. The Ministry also reported that median income for citizens continued to grow over the last five years, although growth slowed in 2016, which are …

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New guidelines on loans for domestic workers from Philippines

Singaporean employers planning to take on domestic helpers from the Philippines can lend up to $1,100 to the workers to cover the expenses for their employment, the Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) [AEA(S)], president K. Jayaprema announced. The AEA(S) president said, the new payment structure, which will take effect immediately, is meant to provide more clarity for workers and employers. …

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Surbana Jurong argues that dismissal of 54 staff without warning nor performance reviews, is not retrenchment exercise

In a report by Straits Times on Thursday, it was revealed that an email was sent by Surbana Jurong group chief executive Wong Heang Fine on Tuesday to address the recent dismissals by the company. Surbana Jurong Private Limited or Surbana Jurong is a newly merged entity that is a combination of Surbana International Consultants and Jurong International Holdings in …

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Harvard Professor: Fathers should take childcare leave to raise fertility rates

Giving extremely long maternity and childcare leave to women, as part of family-friendly policies, is not the answer to boost fertility rates, said Professor Mary Brinton, Professor of Sociology of Reischauer Institute from the university’s Department of Sociology. It will only strengthen the ‘gendered division’ of labor in the household, where women stay at home to do housework and take …

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