Singapore’s 2022 nominal wage growth hits decade high, but real wage growth dampened to 0.4% amid inflation

Amidst a robust economic recovery and increased profitability of firms, Singapore experienced a decade-high nominal wage growth in 2022, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s report. Despite inflation-induced slow real wage growth, more establishments raised wages across all industries. However, MOM advises cautious wage increments in 2023 amidst global economic uncertainties.

Director of construction firm jailed for purchasing forged training certificates

The director of a construction company has been sentenced to three weeks in jail for purchasing forged Building Construction Safety Supervisor Course (BCSS) certificates for his foreign employees, according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Ko Woei Hin, a director at Wang Sheng Design & Build, was informed by one of his foreign employees in April 2016 that they knew how to obtain forged certificates.

The employee was then tasked with obtaining two such certificates for $500 each. The forged certificates were purportedly issued by an accredited training provider, AMI Consulting, and were entered into MOM’s training record system to indicate that Ko’s foreign employees had attended the BCSS course.

MOM uncovered the forged certificates and false records in June 2016 during its routine surveillance of training providers.

Firms say verification on EP applicants’ educational qualifications already in place; Fake degree issues exposed over recent years

Companies in Singapore have reportedly already implemented measures to verify the educational qualifications of foreigners hired on Employment Passes (EPs), according to Channel News Asia. Multinational companies in the country said pre-employment checks, including educational qualifications, were already part of their procedures. From 1 September, firms must submit third-party verification proof for diploma-level and above qualifications. Currently, verification proof only has to be submitted if a candidate’s educational qualification is not from an accredited institution. MPs from the Workers’ Party and the Progress Singapore Party have called for increased scrutiny of foreign talent qualifications.

Netizens express scepticism over MOM’s new EP verification measures, say it is long overdue and call for an assessment of skills

SINGAPORE  —  Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said starting 1 September this year, companies seeking to hire foreigners on an Employment Pass (EP) in Singapore will be required to verify their educational qualifications for authenticity. In Parliament during the Committee of Supply for the budget of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Wednesday (1 Mar), … Read more

41,000 food service workers to receive 3-year of sustained pay hikes under Progressive Wage Model

SINGAPORE — The Government of Singapore has accepted the Tripartite Cluster for Food Services (TCF)’s recommendations for the new Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the food service industry. According to the PWM, full-time lower-wage workers in the food service industry will receive annual pay hikes for the next three years starting from 2023. The wage … Read more

MOM continues to issue work passes to foreigners to work in IT companies when local IT grads can’t find jobs

SINGAPORE — A Tripartite Committee on Workplace Fairness released an interim report on Monday (13 Feb) containing 20 recommendations for anti-discrimination workplace legislation. These include stronger protections and a wider range of enforcement tools. The committee is chaired by Manpower Minister Tan See Leng, labour chief Ng Chee Meng and the Singapore National Employers Federation’s … Read more