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Dyson HQ relocation to Singapore: White-collar professionals will face “tough competition” from FT counterparts due to the latter’s “lower wage threshold”

The decision of world-renowned British technology company Dyson to move its headquarters to Singapore will primarily benefit the firm itself due to the Republic’s comparatively low corporate tax rates, while local white-collar professionals will potentially face “tough competition from their foreign counterparts, opines retired Singaporean international banker and prominent socioeconomics commentator Chris Kuan. Financial Times reported that Dyson, which already …

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Manpower Minister Josephine Teo insists Progressive Wage Model uplifts low-wage workers’ pay; experts argue otherwise, citing depressed wages due to unbridled influx of migrant workers into Singapore

While Manpower Minister Josephine Teo continues to sing high praises of her Ministry’s Progressive Wage Model (PWM) in uplifting the earnings of low-wage workers in Singapore, a public policy expert and former economist have argued otherwise, highlighting the trend of depressed wages among such low-wage earners due to a high influx of foreign workers into the Republic. Mrs Teo was …

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Domestic maids should be treated fairly like regular humans

In recent years, cases of abuse or ill-treatment towards domestic servant have been on a rapid rise. As such, a concerned citizen named Neo Poh Goon penned a letter to the Straits Times (ST) highlighting how kids are badly treating their maids because they observed and earned it from their parents. He started his letter by referring to a previous …

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S$72 million to support manpower upskilling in the built environment (BE) sector

An additional $72 million will be set aside over the next two years to support manpower upskilling in the built environment (BE) sector, Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong said in a speech at the iBuildSG Scholarship and Sponsorship Ceremony on Tuesday (22 January). The minister said that existing scholarship programmes with training grants and retention incentives will be enhanced under …

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ST readers refute survey results that says salary is not the biggest driver for job satisfaction for Singapore workers

According to a study done by data collection platform Qualtrics, it is revealed that salary is not the biggest driver of satisfaction among Singapore employees. The Straits Times (ST) published an article about the results of the report which was released yesterday (16 January), and sought to provide details of the daily experience of Singapore’s working population and how key …

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Domestic workers are psychologically coerced into conditions of forced labour

In a panel discussion about the report on forced labour in the migrant domestic work sector, Archana Kotecha said that many countries are much further along than Singapore in their journey in offering protections to migrant domestic workers (MDWs). Ms Kotecha, Asia Region Director and Head of Legal at Liberty Shared – who collaborated with the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration …

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MOM seems reluctant to acknowledge the abuses faced by migrant domestic workers

MOM has seen the report on forced labour in the migrant domestic worker (MDW) sector by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Hong Kong-based anti-human trafficking organisation Liberty Shared, says HOME Executive Director Sheena Kaur. The report illustrates the reprehensible abuses that MDWs are forced to endure here in Singapore. It highlights multiple case studies in which migrant …

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It’s shameful how reluctant authorities are in pursuing cases of verbal or emotional abuse against migrant domestic workers

In a report on forced labour in the domestic work sector in Singapore, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and anti-human trafficking organisation Liberty Shared talked about a particularly distressing case of abuse of a migrant domestic worker (MDW) and the reluctance of authorities to intervene unless obvious physical abuse is involved. The worker in question, known only as …

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