Tag Archives: Employment

COMPANIES COMPLAIN ABOUT LACK OF FOREIGN LABOR

Company bosses have are complaining about the lack of foreign manpower in Singapore, They say they have trouble filling vacancies in their companies and cannot take on new projects. Economists warn that slowing growth in the local workforce may be due to the tightening of the government's foreign workforce policy. Although some companies have restructured and become less reliant on manpower, others did not make the cut and have moved elsewhere to countries like Malaysia and China where cheap labor is more easily available.

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ECONOMISTS WARN OF RECESSION AS TOTAL EMPLOYMENT IN SG FALLS

Total employment in Singapore fell for the first time in 5 years. 6,100 lesser people were employed this quarter, as compared to the first quarter of this year. The sectors that had reduced employment are manufacturing, construction and parts of the services industry. Services has been the main propeller of growth for the past few years, but slowed down dramatically. Figures in March 2015 show that total employment stands at 3,617,800, which is 2.7% more than last year's figures.

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PAP MINISTER: WE WANT TO CREATE AGELESS JOBS & EVERGREEN WORKERS FOR S’PORE

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Parliament today (3 Mar) that NEA does not have an age limit when it comes to re-employing its daily-rated workers. He said that NEA will continue to re-employ the daily-rated workers beyond 62 years old as long as they are fit to work and have shown satisfactory work performance and good conduct. Meanwhile, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Heng Chee How wants to create “ageless jobs and evergreen workers”.

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PRIVATE DEGREE HOLDER: CIVIL SERVICE SEE MY DEGREE QUALIFICATIONS AS 2ND CLASS

I graduated from a foreign university via a tie-up programme with one of the largest private tertiary education institutions in Singapore. It was a three-year part-time degree programme. But after working hard to obtain my degree while having to work full-time, I found that my graduate qualification was not well received by some employers. I had more than eight years of relevant working experience when I graduated and was registered with several professional specialist bodies. However, I still faced prejudice and discrimination for being a graduate of a private university here.

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MOM CAUGHT ONLY 150 FOREIGNERS USING FAKE QUALIFICATIONS TO GET JOBS IN SG

Yesterday (4 Nov), NCMP Gerald Giam from WP posed a question in Parliament about Govt’s plan to check on the credentials of foreigners coming to work in Singapore, in light of recent cases of FTs using fake degrees to obtain Employment Pass (EP) to work in Singapore. “Since 2012 to the first half of 2014, we have successfully prosecuted about 150 foreigners for false credentials. All were sentenced to imprisonment terms and subsequently had their work passes revoked and were barred from working in Singapore,” he said.

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MOM MINISTER TAN ADMITS 7.4% OF DEGREE GRADUATES ARE UNEMPLOYED BUT INSISTS IT IS OK

In his reply, Mr Tan said that youth enemployment rate in Singapore across all educational levels has remained low, compared to other advanced economies like the United States, Europe, Hong Kong and South Korea. He also said that youth unemployment rates is typically higher than overall unemployment rate, and that this pattern is reflected in the unemployment rate of 7.4 per cent for degree holders below 30, compared to the overall unemployment rate amongst degree holders of 3.6 per cent in June 2013.

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