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):-

“IT Applications Analyst (ERP System & Software applications)

. Able to speak fluent English. (This ad is also posted in Indonesia jobstreet website)

. Intended or able to work in Singapore. Office location is in Singapore. (This ad is also posted in Indonesia jobstreet website)”

Since such PMET jobs must be posted in the National Jobs Bank to give “Singaporeans first” – the priority – why does the job ad say twice that “(This ad is also posted in Indonesia jobstreet website)”?

So far, there are already 53 applicants (21 foreign and 32 local) – the closing date is 3 June.

The consistent rhetoric in the media that PMET IT jobs are the fastest growing jobs sector and that there is a severe shortage of Singaporeans to fill the jobs available do not seem to connect with the reality on the ground, that as I understand it – many unemployed Singaporean PMET IT professionals are facing.

For those who have more information and experience on this issue – please share. What are your thoughts on the above?

Leong Sze Hian
A.S.S. Contributor

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