Workers in the heart of Lim Swee Say…

From one job to another job he continues to talk about, worry about and improving jobs. That’s Mr Lim Swee Say for you. Consistent, steadfast and firm about it. With 8 years in the NTUC under his belt, he crossed over to the Ministry of Manpower to take over the reigns from Mr Tan Chuan-Jin. […]

Young, educated, and unemployed

I was in Sentosa over the last weekend and bumped into crowds of university freshies going about their orientation activities, and it suddenly hit me that it has been five years since I left school. How time flies! It honestly doesn’t feel that long ago when I was still whiling away in Europe on my […]

Celebrating the golden years!

One of the rare times when I came into the office early on a Monday morning, I finally had a chance to meet the cleaning auntie who does such a fantastic job of keeping the office, well, looking anything like a functioning work place. She mentioned in passing that she used to be contracted to […]

Time for local SMEs to adopt a flexi working policy

Google ’flexible work’ and you’ll see a stream of related articles in the UK, with most focusing on its positive impact to both employees and businesses, as well as its continuous development; but none which highlights such practices in Asia, let alone Singapore. Granted, if you have friends working in MNCs, you’ll hear of such […]

Cycling in Singapore

Cycling in Singapore: why all the hate?

It’s funny how in Singapore we’re constantly complaining about the price of COE, the MRT breakdowns, and the overcrowded buses, but we also can’t stand those that use alternative modes of transport. Don’t believe me? Just go on Stomp or Youtube and you’ll see hundreds of articles, photos, and videos of people insulting cyclists who […]

Can discrimination be positive?

Discrimination is usually seen as a negative concept. Whether it’s refusing access to a job, denying entry to a location, or reinforcing inequalities, discrimination can take many forms and can be found in all areas of life. It can be explicit or implicit: “No Indians” in property ads or “must speak Mandarin” in job descriptions. […]

Singaporeans give their two cents on WorkPro

The recent S$170m WorkPro scheme represents a generous sum of money dedicated to encouraging non-active people (those not holding a job and not actively looking for one) to re-enter the workforce. A retention bonus will also be given if the employee stays with the company for at least a year. For those that have never […]

PSLE

From PSLE to FST (Foreigners Screening Test)?

Being a born and bred Singaporean, the changes to the law for foreign employment came as good news to me. Sure, I came across reports saying that some bosses are complaining about not being able to find enough waitresses and service staff, but honestly, those are not really my dai ji since I’m a salaried […]

Singaporeans first

“Singaporeans first” – what is it all about?

Philippines’s popular fast food chain Jollibee opened its doors in Singapore two weeks ago. Quite an exciting news for food-loving Singaporeans, right? But the situation turned a little sour when rumours started spreading on the company’s alleged preference towards Filipino workers; angry Singaporeans even threatened to boycott the restaurant! In the end, the company officially […]