Employment

LOCAL PMET JOBS ADVERTISED ON FOREIGN JOB PORTALS, WHERE IS OUR PRIORITY?

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 a job posting for IT applications analyst that was also posted on an Indonesian jobstreet website. Such PMET jobs should only be posted in the National Jobs Bank to give Singaporeans priority. So far, there are already 53 applicants (21 foreign and 32 local).

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?

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SG COMPANIES NOT HIRING MID-40'S, DESTINED TO BE TAXI DRIVER

I am a mid-40s man, with a normal Singapore family size of a wife and three school-going kids. I was earning quite comfortably to get through life in Singapore without having to worry about my family's financial stability every month. Now that i had been retrenched, i was given a sum of money as compensation, that will probably get through my family for the next four months.

But after that, I am worried. How am I and my family going to survive? I have been applying for jobs, but it seems like companies in Singapore only want to higher younger people. What about people like me? Those in their fourties, too early to think about retirement, but deemed too old for companies that are actively looking for hires. Am I destined to become a Grab / Uber / Taxi driver?

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SCHEME TO CUT RELIANCE ON FOREIGN MANPOWER NOT WORKING AS ADVERTISED?

I refer to the article “‘Encouraging’ response to scheme for SMEs to cut foreign manpower reliance: MOM”. This update comes a year after the Lean Enterprise Development (LED) programme was introduced in October 2015. Speaking to about 600 employers at the inaugural LED symposium on Thursday, Mr Lim said the responses from SMEs in the past year have been “constructive and encouraging”. If the response to the scheme has been “encouraging” and also “while strengthening the Singaporean core” – why is it that in the last 18 months from January 2015 to June 2016 – employment change was 49,000 foreign jobs against only 500 jobs for locals?

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MILLIONAIRE MINISTER ONG YE KUNG TALKS COCK ABT JOB CREATION FOR S'POREANS

Khaw used to be top on the talking cock list but younger aspirants like Minister Ong Ye Kung seems to have mastered the art in double quick time. In a recent talking cock session to an audience of mostly students from SUTD, Ong uses an analogy of the “world as an airport” and says our economy has to be more than a “control tower”: it has to become a “runway” where ideas are conceived, business plans are developed, and products and services eventually launched.

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REASON WHY NO S'POREANS WILLING TO WORK AS MAIDS OR CLEANERS

No Singaporean is willing to work as a maid in a private family. Almost no Singaporean is willing to do more physically challenging, unpleasant plus potentially dangerous jobs. Just a few are willing to work as foremen or supervisors at worksites” – no Singaporean can survive on a maid’s pay of about $500 and Singaporeans are competing literally with the whole world who can come here as tourists to look for jobs.

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60,000 JOB VACANCIES BUT LOCAL PMET HAVE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE?

According to the ministry’s Job Vacancies 2015 report, there were 60,000 job vacancies as of September 2015. Don’t you find it kind of funny that on top of the 60,000 job vacancies– we had 100 local jobs growth (0.03 per cent) and 31,700 foreign jobs growth (97.7 per cent) last year? Four in 10 of job vacancies, or 43 per cent, were for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs)” – don’t you find it funny that PMETs also had the highest unemployment rate?

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I WAITED 4 MONTHS FOR MINDEF JOB ONLY TO BE REJECTED WITH LAME REASON

In July 2015, I have submitted an online job application for the DXO position of Assistant Executive(Finance) whereby HR Executive Es***r from Mindef Human Resource Department(MHRD) reverted back to me asking me to submit more documents for their selection process. Everything went well and the 2 hiring managers got to know my abilities and skill sets during the interview. On 30 Dec 2015, the things suddenly start to turn out differently in a totally unexpected manner. I received a call from MHRD Es***r and I was informed that the Final Management Approval was not granted and I have officially lost the job. The job which I have been waiting since the initial verbal offer on 4 Sep 2015 which is nearly 4months of long wait.

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