The Govt feedback unit REACH issued a press release yesterday (13 Feb), in which it revealed that Singaporeans had highlighted their concerns over job security:
“Many mature workers, those aged 45 and above, raised the issue of supporting older workers to remain employable. Young Singaporeans mentioned the stress of securing a job upon graduation and the lack of opportunities given the unpredictable future economy.”
Surprisingly, REACH mentioned about Singaporeans’ concerns over job competition from foreigners. As you know, talking about foreigners is a taboo topic here and our Government is always concerned about “scaring away” foreign job seekers.
REACH noted, “Some pointed out that they were able-bodied and still capable of working, but that there were employers who preferred to hire younger foreigners.”
Indeed, Singaporeans have been venting their concerns online over FTs robbing their rice bowls for the longest time. Such complaints can be heard as far back as a decade ago on the Net. But the govt chose not to listen and continues to let FTs flood our job market, saying that letting foreigners work in Singapore helps to “create jobs” for us.
Take for example, a person by the name of “garry2361323” was offered an IT job last year with a salary of SGD7,800 (btw, he is not happy with it and wanted more!):
My questions are:
- Are there no Singaporeans here who know about Oracle CRM?
- How is hiring this FT to do Oracle work helps create more jobs for Singaporeans?
- We know that his job would have been advertised in the Jobs Bank for Singaporeans for 2 weeks cause the company needs the advertising ID to apply for EP if they decide to recruit an FT instead. Now, did the company consider any of the Singaporean applicants fairly before hiring “garry”? Or is it the case that the company has already made up their mind to employ “garry” but goes through the motion of advertising on Jobs Bank just to “fool” MOM?
With cases like this happening everyday, no wonder Singaporeans are concerned about FTs taking away their jobs!
Republished from the FB page ‘We want Minister Grace Fu to resign‘.