IC and the economy

I refer to the Straits Times news reports “Infocomm plan set to transform learning” and “S’pore economy’s 50 years of impact on lives here” (Aug 12).

Roy (not his real name) is a Singaporean in his mid forties with over 20 years of experience in IT (information technology) project management and accounting, in MNCs (Multinational Corporations) and a local company.

He has professional qualifications in IT and accounting.

82 applications only 1 interview?

Since the national jobs bank to give priority to Singaporeans first was started in July last year – he has applied for 82 positions in the national jobs bank and other channels.

Todate, he has only been called up for just one interview.

In this connection, according to Leong Sze Hian

“IT sector and jobs most affected by FT?

Anecdotally, I understand that the Information Technology (IT) sector and IT jobs may have been most affected by our liberal foreign labour policies.

Steep decline in the number of resident jobs as they age?

According to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Singapore yearbook of manpower statistics 2014 – the total number of resident workers (Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs)) as of June 2013, for Information and Communications (IC) was 36,100, 24,400, 11,700 and 3,000 – for age 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59 and 60 and over, respectively.

Amongst the 12 sectors in the services category – IC was the 6th highest in absolute numbers of workers in the age group 30 – 39.

But, it declines relatively to 7th, 11th, and joint last (12th) – for age 40 – 49, 50 – 59 and 60 and over, respectively.

What do these statistics mean?

Jobs taken by foreign workers?

Does it mean that as resident workers in IC age, their numbers decline – due to foreign workers?

Breakdown into citizens, PRs, employment pass, S-pass & work permits?

What is the breakdown of the total number of jobs in the Information and Communications category and IT jobs, into Singaporeans, PRs, employment pass, S-pass and work permits?"

What’s the point of having an Infocomm plan to promote learning or higher economic growth, when we allow foreigners from all over the world to flock to Singapore to compete unfairly and take away jobs from Singaporeans?



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