Dec 25, 2007
Flexible labour policy has helped S'poreans
I REFER to the letters about foreign workers in Singapore and the competition they could pose to older local workers for jobs.
As Singapore has limited manpower, foreign workers supplement our workforce when there is a shortage in numbers or skills. Businesses cannot expand and will even move elsewhere if they cannot get the workers they need here. Singaporeans in these companies would lose their jobs. Rather than taking jobs away from locals, our flexible labour policy has instead helped our economy grow and benefited Singaporeans directly.
More Singaporeans, including older workers and women, are employed than ever before. The employment rate for those aged 25 to 64 is at a record 76.5 per cent as of June. As a result, wages have gone up. Singaporeans have also been taking up better jobs - nine out of 10 jobs gained by residents from 1997 to 2007 were those of Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs). The overall unemployment rate of 1.7 per cent in September is the lowest in almost a decade. We are effectively at full employment.
Despite abundant job opportunities, Singaporeans should still enhance their employability through upgrading their skills and productivity. We would like the letter writers who have difficulty finding employment to contact the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) at 6883-5885, so that we can assist them in training and job placement.
Jean Tan (Ms)
Director, Corporate Communications
for Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Manpower
In a single line the MOM person misled readers over how many jobs really go to SGians. Residents include SGians and non-Sgians leh, want to bluff who? And they created this wtf category PMET where technicians are lumped together with professionals and mangers?! WTF! Like that win liao lo!
MOM is spinning the same old broken record. And from the writing, i don't think the writer is half convinced of the what-the-fuck she wrote.
And oh today is X'mas and i believe in Santa Claus.. ♫