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Labour

Why can’t we be transparent – for once – on labour statistics?

Lee Kuan Yew’s warning about foreign workers?  I was tagged by Yeoh Lam Keong to a facebook photo which quoted Lee Kuan Yew in 2010- “In five years, you will have 120,000 work-permit holders .. in 10 years, a quarter million. Is it bearable? Maybe if they were from our traditional sources: with Malaysians there are minimal cultural and language problems. Last year, however, …

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Renting and driving for Uber: How much do you need to work to break even?

by ValuePenguin.sg Everyone knows how expensive it is to own a car in Singapore. To get around these high prices ranging from S$100,000 and above, some savvy consumers have been resorting to renting from Uber and driving them for few hours a day to make up for the expenses. It is said that some people drive 4 hours a day for 6 days a …

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Has the wage gap in Singapore really been closing

by ValuePenguin.sg There have been many reports of the narrowing wage gap in Singapore. For instance, Singapore’s Gini coefficient, the most commonly used indicator of income inequality, has reached 0.458 in 2016, its lowest level in a decade (it was -2.6% lower than its level of 0.470 in 2006). Gini coefficient after account for government transfers and taxes shows an …

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Many elderly work out of need, not out of choice

The National Survey of Senior Citizens showed that senior citizens did not consider retirement an option, contrary to the myth that the elderly work to keep fit or stay active. The survey found out in 2011, more than 50 percent of elderly people continued to work to meet their living expenses. 20 percent mentioned concerns about future financial security, less …

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NTUC presents highest May Day award to DPM Tharman

This year’s highest May Day award has been bestowed on Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for Economic & Social Polices Tharman Shanmugaratnam. The awards were presented to DPM Tharman at a ceremony held on 13 May 2017 at the Orchid Country Club. NTUC President Mary Liew noted that in previous years, the May Day awards were presented during …

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Why is a local PMET IT job posted in JobStreet’s Indonesia webportal?

A friend who has been unemployed for more than a year, after being laid off by a multi-national company (MNC) in Singapore, despite sending more than a hundred applications alerted me to the following job posting (she is applying for – more than 20 years relevant experience with IT and accounting professional qualifications):- The above job ad is also posted …

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Up to 8,000 new jobs and improved salaries in aviation industry

Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng said that up to 8,000 new jobs will be created or redesigned to enhance productivity by about 40 percent over the next eight years. Speaking at the 2017 Aviation Community Reception hosted by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on 20 April, Minister Ng assured industry workers that new roles …

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