“Experience” is a lousy way to justify a pay increase

The following had been contributed by Lin Chin Quek, 28, Career Counsellor. I am a career counsellor and it is too often that I have heard these words: “I have XY years experience, surely that is cause for pay rise.”  I have news for you: Experience means nothing at all in today’s world.  It translates […]

7 Problems in Singapore That Piss Us Off

Is Singapore still a good place to live and work in? That is the question many Singaporeans have been asking ourselves. Here are 7 problems we’re pissed off about, and surely got more, but let’s start with these first. 1. Do we have enough money to retire? With financial commitments and dependents that even those […]

Labour MPs Couldn’t Stop Talking About This At Debate On President’s Address

Whilst the rest of Singapore were preoccupied whether or not the President mooted the idea to stop using CPF for housing (she didn’t, this guy did), we challenged ourselves to summarise what all the Labour MPs said in Parliament, in the debate on the President’s Address. Here are our summaries, not just in one sentence, […]

Patrick Tay Spills Insights About Nursing & Healthcare At Budget Debate 2018

Sometimes, MPs add a little something extra to their Parliament speeches. Yesterday, Labour MP Patrick Tay did just that, by spilling some insights about the healthcare sector promptly after he ended his Budget Debate 2018 speech. What makes Patrick Tay qualified to speak about the healthcare sector? Well according to his LinkedIn profile, Patrick Tay […]

Three Issues PMEs Face Which Aren’t Covered By The Employment Act

The Employment Act is undergoing its first review in 6 years to expand its scope of coverage and streamline how employment disputes are settled. Currently, the Employment Act covers the following provisions for certain groups of employees: To understand how the review impacts us, let’s look at three issues which aren’t currently covered by the […]

4 Things Employers Should Put Their Smarts To Rather Than Cheat The Government

If you haven’t heard, over 1000 employers were recently caught for trying to fleece the government of $5.57million by abusing the Wage Credit Scheme (WCS), which aims to help businesses cope with rising wage costs by co-funding yearly wage increments for eligible Singaporean workers. We must say… these employers are so resourceful! Coming up with […]

Universal Basic Income: Should Singapore Consider?

Universal basic income has been a buzzphrase of 2017. A recent McKinsey report on what the future of work will mean for jobs, skills and wages revealed some worrying news. An estimated 800,000 full-time equivalent positions in Singapore and 23% of our current work activities may be potentially displaced by automation by 2030 (which will […]

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Can a behemoth like NTUC disrupt itself before it gets disrupted?

Founded in 1961 even before Singapore’s independence, NTUC has been around for more than half a decade. However, the world today is very different from when it was founded. Rapid technological advancements and changing socio-economic circumstances have disrupted many industries and various aspects of life in Singapore. Organisations that have been able to stay ahead […]

Issues in the freelance industry, what more can be done?

There are some 200,000 freelancers in Singapore. They belong to the property, finance, driving (both taxi and private hires) and a variety of skills for hire individuals. This number is set to grow; there is greater attraction to the the flexible, earn-as-you-desire lifestyle and with newer technologies, there will be more work to be done […]

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Which country has better labour welfare standards? 

To answer this question swiftly, we compiled a small table on the different ways some countries approach labour welfare. You will notice that some countries have zero paid maternity leave, public holidays and even medical benefits. There are some things to note about this. a.) Documented here are federal laws that affect the whole nation. […]