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Sponsored post to advertise govt job portal met with criticism from citizens with their personal experience

The Singapore Government has created a job portal,“mycareersfuture.sg” for citizens who are looking for opportunities, saying that it is a newer, smarter way to find the next job opportunity. Workforce Singapore – WSB Facebook page shared the link to job portal via a sponsored post. But instead of getting comments from citizens that they are glad that the government is coming up …

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Net increase in foreign PMETs last year

The Straits Times (ST) splashed on the front page today (16 Mar) with the headline, “Fewer foreigners, more locals in workforce last year“. It reported that the number of foreigners working in Singapore fell by 32,000 last year – the biggest in 15 years, ST said. However, ST did acknowledge that the decline was mostly due to fewer work permit …

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NTUC confirms that survey on taxes was conducted prior to Budget 2018

Singapore’s labour union, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has confirmed with local newspaper, Straits Times that it had conducted a poll with its union leaders on issues such as training and taxes, ahead of the annual Budget. According to ST,  Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute has expressed that the feedback gathered from the poll along with other inputs gathered through …

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Uber/Grab driver: We are now squeezed left right and centre by Govt!

An Uber/Grab driver wrote to former Presidential candidate and NTUC Insurance CEO Tan Kin Lian in the hope that his plight can be highlighted to Singaporeans so as to raise awareness of his situation. He told Mr Tan that he was forced to drive Uber/Grab due to prolonged unemployment. “Driving Uber/Grab driver is not what we would choose as a …

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National Jobs Bank: More tightening, but no statistics?

Why “no statistics” on the National Jobs Bank? I refer to the article “Parliament: Tighter rules to support Singaporeans and raise quality of foreign workforce” (Straits Times, Mar 5). It states that more companies will have to give Singaporeans a chance to apply for higher-skilled jobs by advertising the job vacancies on the national Jobs Bank for at least 14 …

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Number of companies blacklisted for not hiring SGs jumps 100% – they say SGs “unable or unwilling” to work

In Parliament today (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say revealed that some 500 companies have been placed on a government watch list for not doing enough to hire Singaporeans. This number has increased by 100% from the 250 companies placed on the list last year. Minister Lim said that these companies have the “pre-conceived ideas” that local professionals, managers …

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Salary cap to be removed so that all employees covered under Employment Act

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say has announced during Parliament on Monday (5 March) that the Employment Act will be extended to cover all employees, except for public servants, foreign domestic workers and seafarers who are protected under industry-specific legislation. The laws, which provides for basic terms and working conditions, currently covers workers earning S$4,500 or below. The minister stated that the …

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MOM: Comments such as “Stupid!”, “Pig”, “Dog”, considered as verbal abuse only based on circumstances

“Stupid!”, “Pig”, “Dog”: would you tolerate being called such names on a daily basis at your workplace? And wouldn’t such be considered as verbal abuse or harassment? Well, according to the Ministry of Manpower, it depends on circumstances. TOC was informed by social workers that when complaints of verbal abuse are brought up to MOM, they are told such comments …

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LTA expects to create 8,000 jobs by 2030 to support the expansion of public bus and rail networks

Land Transport Authority (LTA) is expecting to create up to 8,000 new public transport jobs by 2030 to support the expansion of public bus and rail networks to meet Singapore’s future needs, as well as set aside $25 million over five years for the Land Transport Innovation Fund to spur innovation and collaborative projects with industry partners to further encourage mobility-related research …

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