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FOREIGN AGENCY ENLISTED BY GOVT TO HELP LOCALS FIND JOBS

The irony of the Singapore workforce! We have spent so much time complaining that a lot of jobs are now going to foreign talents, while the locals cannot find jobs and are marginalised in our own countries.

Guess what? The Workforce Singapore (WSG) have appointed Maximus Asia, a subsidiary of American company Maximus, to provide free help to local PMETs who are looking for a job. Yes, a foreign expert have been enlisted by the authorities to help locals find jobs in Singapore.

The foreign company started operations on Monday, 12 June. In fact, it is the second foreign job placement agency appointed by the government to help locals find jobs. the first company, Ingeus, started operations in April. It was not disclosed how much the two foreign companies are paid by the government to help Singaporeans find jobs.

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NUS HIRES MORE FOREIGN STAFF THAN LOCALS?

Out of 974 research staff, 464 or almost half were from PRC vs only 180 Singaporeans. Singaporeans form only 20% of the total number of research staff. And why were there only 17 UK and 17 US research staff? A top ranking NUS only able to attract hundreds of research staff from a communist third-world country?

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HOW MANY JOBS ACTUALLY WENT TO UNEMPLOYED BORN AND BRED SINGAPOREANS?

In 2016, employment growth was 10,700 for locals and 5,700 for foreigners. In 2015, employment growth was 700 for locals and 31,600 for foreigners. About 35 per cent (estimated) of the total undergraduate and graduate student enrollment in our public universities are non-Singaporeans. Most of the foreign students are required to stay and work after their graduation for at least three years.

Why do we allow practically anyone in the world to come as tourists – apply for jobs and stay when they find one? On the average – 30,000 new permanent residents (PRs) and new citizens have been granted per year.

If it is still the average of 20,000 new citizens and 30,000 new PRs a year – does it mean that the estimated number of new citizens and new PRs granted from 2007 to 2016, may be about 194,000 and 409,000, respectively? As there were only 10,700 locals’ jobs’ growth last year – if the new PRs and new citizens granted last year was also about 30,000 and 20,000, respectively – how many of the 10,700 locals’ jobs went to Singaporeans?

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FOREIGN COMPANIES HIRING THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN WHILE LOCALS SIDELINED

They have successfully coerced a few into an unfair package of 2 weeks for every year of service when the law states that those who have worked for 2 years are entitled to a month's remuneration for every subsequent year of service upon retrenchment. When those colleagues contacted MOM, MOM said they cannot do anything (even though its in the law) as foreign companies have the ultimate right to decide their own affairs which got us pondering, then what's the use of MOM for?

To my horror, I learned from other friends my age group that they too are still facing uncertainty in their present employment at various F&B as they are employed at contract based and 1 of my friends who have been working for the last 3 years has not even been confirmed yet! While Singaporean staffs are employed at these outlets for $1500/-, most of our Malaysian counterparts and Filipinos are hired at least $1800/- and more as most of them are supervisors and managers lording over us!

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SG PR STATUS SHOULD BE EARNED, NOT CHEAPENED

So, the government should not cheapen the Singapore PR status. Make it hard to earn one, and when one does get a PR here, he would have really worked hard to earn it. Not by some cheap payment of PR fees, and these people are expected to really contribute to Singapore's economy. Only then are PR on a same level field as locals, and thus accusations of jobs taken from locals might be lessened.

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RETIRED POLY LECTURER INCITES VIOLENCE ONLINE AGAINST FT

But what induced him to act in such a way? Apparently, he has negative perception about the influx of foreigners into Singapore, and the decline of the local population. See, authorities? Your brilliant masterplan on population growth have created unease and unhappiness amongst the local population, so much so that led to one man on a crusade to atack the foreigners.

Nobody has any reason to incite violence against foreigners, but maybe, there is a deep resentment present in the number of foreigners in Singapore who are perceived to come here and take our jobs, and seem very well protected by the law when they commit crimes. Perception or otherwise, this is simply worrying.

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SINGAPOREANS CHOOSY OVER JOBS, BUT WHEN JOBLESS, BLAMES FT FOR STEALING THEIR JOBS

The current company I work for tried hiring locals for over a year for 2 positions. Not one person was qualified. Worse still, those that were quite qualified began asking about travelling business class and asking for parking privileges.

WTF! They didn't even get the job and already started to state demands. Locals. The 2 that that moved from overseas to get the positions gave up their lives and moved. They love it here and have integrated so well it's unbelievable.

Another case. Local guy fresh out of university was given the chance of a lifetime. A good salary but working in Tuas. He lives near Bt Timah. Turned down the offer.Why? "Tuas too far la bro. Must wake up 6am go to work".

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9K NEW JOBS IN HEALTHCARE, BULK GOING TO LOCALS OR FT?

The Ministry of Health already announced in Parliament that in the next three years, Singapore would need about 9,000 workers in the healthcare industry. The government will support this search for 9,000 workers by investing $24m in the sector.

Half of the jobs at the new facilities and services in the public healthcare and community care sectors are Professional, Manager, Executive and Technician (PMET) level roles. The big question here now is, will the bulk of these 9,000 jobs going to be filled up by Singaporeans, or are we going to see more influx of foreign talent? 9,000 new jobs is a huge number, given the recent reports of unemployment rate among Singaporeans also slightly rising. But, not many people are invested in the healthcare sector. So, will these 9,000 new jobs provide the answer for the jobless?

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