Monday, 31 December 2012

Can't find Singaporeans to work? Is that true?

31st December 2012

We have heard this time and again over the years – that it is very hard to find Singaporeans to work. Is it true? Or employers are giving excuses to signal to the government to continue opening the flood gates for more foreign workers, so that their profits keep heading north?

Referring to the article “Bosses keen to pay more for locals but there’re limits: DPM” (Channel NewsAsia, Dec 10).
It states that “Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean believes the operators and providers of essential services would like to get as many Singaporeans as possible to work for them by paying higher salaries.

He cited bus drivers as an example, saying this is one reason bus companies want to increase the pay and improve the work conditions to attract more Singaporeans. However, he said, there will always be a limit to the number of Singaporeans who will take up such jobs.

Mr Teo said Singaporeans have very high aspirations and want higher value jobs due to higher education.That explains why there will always be a need for foreign workers to make up for the shortfall.”

Singaporeans don’t want to work?

Pay too low?

Helping Singaporeans get low-pay jobs?

Near negative wage growth last 12 years?

Low-pay jobs highest unemployment rates?

Read full article contributed by Leong Sze Hian 


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