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 […]


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 […]

Budget 2016: What Did The Sandwich Class Get?

Everyone must have gotten something right? I sat through more than 90 minutes of almost nap-inducing Budget announcements, because the first hour was all about money, money and money thrown at companies to be more productive, innovate, automate or upskill. To cut the chase, everyone gets more, even part of the sandwiched class, in the […]

What kind of house can you afford?

This article has been contributed by Tan Hock, 42.   Is it possible to “use less CPF when young”? Home purchase is one of the biggest ticket purchases a young couple can make in their lifetime. And because they are allowed to use their entire CPF-Ordinary Account for their housing loans, it is natural to […]

So you’ve been fired. Now what?

  Kena fired izzit?  That’s gotta hurt. But while you wallow in self pity, why not also read this handy list to help you make the next step:  1.    Ask for a reference Many employers will give a written reference after termination. Even if it’s just the dates you were employed and your job scope, […]

“Hire Singaporeans? Aiyo so difficult!”

Wonder what Human Resource people are saying about hiring? Us too. So we kaypoh-ed while they were gossipping at the watercooler… This is what we heard:   “The young graduates have no experience. No internships or part-time job that’s relevant to the post.”   “They think that just with the cert and the honours and […]

Not so diverse?

A recent WSJ article brought my attention to the old gripe of foreigners being kept at all the top positions in MNCs in Asia. The article discusses the fact that most MNCs still rely on expatriates to fill their top jobs despite being in the region for many years and despite having an abundance of […]

Top Five Singapore Employee Wish List

The employment genie has sprung out of his shiny lamp to grant you three wishes. If you could have anything you liked at work, what would you wish for? We’re not talking about wage bumps or fixed bonuses, healthcare or insurance—those are basics. We’re talking about the stuff you think your boss might consider ludicrous […]

Changes to Employment Act: A Big Win for PMEs

  The announcement of changes to the Employment Act made by Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament last week is a big win since the hundreds of thousands of workers (about 450k) who were not entitled to protection before can soon have peace of mind. It makes sense that the Gahmen has taken the bold step to review […]


The “sandwiched” middle-class

Watched Malcolm from “Malcolm in the Middle” before? The ah boy who didn’t fit in society, just like the middle class in Singapore. Not rich enough to buy expensive stuff – ferraris, home in Sentosa Cove – not poor enough to get money from gahmen. Guess what? This doesn’t just happen in Singapore. In the US, […]