Tag Archives: manpower

S’PORE CITIZENS HAVE THE HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE THAN SPR & FOREIGNERS

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said on Tuesday that he has been able to get their agreement to work towards four priority outcomes. These are: becoming more manpower lean, building a strong Singaporean core, ensuring the foreign workforce is of good quality and maintaining Singapore’s competitiveness.” We have been hearing these same rhetoric for years.

Read More »

SMRT WINS AWARD FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION

SMRT has won the Plaque of Commendation (Gold) Award by NTUC in recognition of our continued commitment and strategic partnership with the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU). This was made possible through the dedication, hard work and perseverance of our employees, unions and labour partners, who have been working together to nurture a harmonious labour-management relationship of trust and confidence.

Read More »

TAN CHUAN JIN: FOREIGN PMETS NOT REPLACING SINGAPOREANS

Just a few days ago, mainstream media highlighted the growth of our foreign workforce numbers over the last 4 years, stirring up a tangle of anxieties over foreign competition for PMET jobs with locals. Many are concerned that foreign PMETs have displaced Singaporean PMETs. But is this really the case?

Read More »

PAP MP DENISE PHUA: S’PORE SHOULD SHUT DOWN ALL OUR CASINOS

It is time for the Republic to "take a bold step and reject gambling, whether remote or on-site", Ms Denise Phua said in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 7). "When will Singapore wean itself off the casino industry, reduce the casinos from two to one to nil, especially in the light of new potential entrants such as Japan and other Asian countries?" asked the Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP.

Read More »

China acts to stem glut of uni graduates

A key reason for the white-collar glut and blue-collar shortfall, analysts say, is the unfettered expansion of universities since 1999. That year, China had 848,000 graduates from 1,071 universities, of which 474 were vocational colleges and 597 normal universities, known as benke yuanxiao. In 2012, the number grew to 6.2 million graduates from some 2,400 universities, of which 1,300 were vocational colleges and 1,100 normal universities. The expansion of university spots led many students to pursue senior high, instead of vocational high school like Ms Wu did, causing the number of such schools to plummet.

Read More »

‘Hidden’ unemployment problem in Singapore

If this number of unemployed is translated to number of families affected by unemployment, the number of residents who are affected by unemployment becomes much bigger. So, there is a serious unemployment problem in Singapore. The group which is most affected is in fact not the “young” with post-secondary education, but the “old” PMETs. Indeed, while these PMETs are out of work, isn’t it ironic to find that for the same month of December 2013, there were 175,100 employment pass holders working in Singapore?

Read More »

Tang Li: Service charge should benefit staff

In Western countries, there is motivation for waiters to be good at what they do — they get tipped for it. Wages are low and often barely enough to make ends meet, but if a waiter delivers decent service, he or she is able to make a respectable living on tips. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Singapore. Like in the West, wages for waiters are low (I have never met a waiter who earned more than S$2,000 a month). Customers usually do not tip because a service charge is included.

Read More »