29th March 2013
Lately, there has been news of business owners complaining about
Singaporean workers, that they reject perfectly fine jobs even with
decent pay, lets say about $2500-$2700. But they are actually
In the contract enclosed, we see that the business owner has drawn up
a contract that gives 10 days of medical leaves per year, not to be
taken more than once a month and also 7 days of entitled annual leave
which is only available after 1 year of service with the company. This
is far below the usual number of days given.
The company also offered two schemes of payment to the employee, one
with employer CPF contribution and one without. Not sure if this is even
legal, but it was promised that choosing the one without employer’s CPF
contribution would result in higher take-home pay for the employee.
Also, while not seen in the picture, should the employee decide to
terminate the contract early, he/she is required to pay the company one
month of salary as compensation.
The point I’m trying to make here is that while employers claim to
give their workers decent pay and that it is locals who are choosy, they
might actually be withholding information about the contract and job
conditions which can be both unfair and exploitative.