Make it more attractive for employers to employ locals

Singapore has a dysfunctional employment system. The workforce is 3.6 million of which 36% or 1.3 million are foreign workers.

Many of the local workers have to work as taxi drivers and private car drivers or take up part time job because they are not able to get a full time job. Many employers prefer to employ foreign workers instead of local workers.

What is the problem and how can this be overcome?

Here are the reasons why employers prefer foreign workers:

a) It cost them less to employ foreign workers. Although the govt requires the employer to pay a levy for foreign workers, I am told that the employer is able to get the foreign worker to reimburse them for the levy. Although this practice is illegal, it is difficult for the govt to enforce it. Furthermore, there is no levy for foreigners on E-pass.

b) Local workers are liable to be called up yearly for NS reservist duty, in the case of males, and are entitled to paid maternity leave for the first two children, in the case of females. The employer does not have to face these problems when they employ foreign workers.

c) The foreign workers are recruited by employment agents who are able to take a commission of 3 to 6 months salary from the foreign workers. I am told that the employment agent gives a kickback of the commission to the person in charge of employing the foreign worker.

The current practice is clearly to the detriment of the employment of local workers.

I suggest the following measures to make it attractive for employers to employ local workers:

a) Reduce the NS reservist duty to 3 years after completing full time military training. The employer will not face the disruption caused by reservist duty after that.

b) The govt should take over the cost of paid maternity leave for women for the first two children. They now bear the cost for the third and subsequent children. This can be replaced, if necessary, by a small payroll tax.

c) Introduce a levy for the employment of foreign workers on E-pass.

d) Put a cap on the commission that the employment agent can collect from the foreign worker for their assistance in getting a job in Singapore.

e) Take legal action against employers who collect reimbursement of levy from foreign workers.

These measures will make it more attractive for employers to employ local workers rather than foreign workers.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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25 Responses to “Make it more attractive for employers to employ locals”

  • Rabble-rouser:

    Gold Chain or Golden Lotus Tan! Ha-ha-ha-ha! Another hopeless suggestion!

    10 million population target by PAP govt speaks for itself. Even the 2019 URA Masterplan lists out incentivizations for developers to create more residential housing inside the CDB areas & within the CBD corridors.

    Straight off, CDB areas don’t come cheap! And highly likely, the target market are cash-flush foreign Billionaires like James Dyson who recently bought a highly priced penthouse at Tanjong Pagar! And one James Dyson doesn’t make an entire summer!

    And the 2019 ND Rally speech on the Great Southern Waterfront Redevelopment Scheme is another Grandiose Project destined to fall flat on it’s face after Jewels which saw a dramatic decline in drawing huge crowds 3-4 months after it’s grand opening!
    https://www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Planning/Draft-Master-Plan-19/Urban-Transformations/Greater-Southern-Waterfront

    All these infrastructural investments & grandiose spending will leave a huge debt legacy for future S’pore generations to come!

    The future is bleak. Current technology is killing off jobs faster than the economy is creating them. But the global economy is on the precipice of a Global Recession, even possibly Depression!

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  • its now or never:

    what makes you think our gov even cares?
    if they did things would be different!
    just vote these selfish arrogant bunch of elitist mentalities out.

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  • Do more for local:

    Agreed, need to do more for local.
    Ensure good job goes to them.

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  • tan kin lian pea brained:

    so stupid.

    as if pap doesn’t know local born needs protection.

    pap has not helped but rather made worse local born situation simply due to the fact more mouths more GP growth so more 24 months S$m GDP growth bonus.

    GDP statistics does not care whether growth is via local born or alien.

    pap money faced Ljs and Cbs don’t care whether their S$m is via local born or alien. as long as S$m, and only via alien, so be it.

    so ffffing stupid tan kin lian.

    lky clown has said publicly, in pap mouthpiece states times and via pap tv mediacorpse, and speech can be found if you are brain enough to google for it, that ONE alien billionaire is worth a lot more than pea brained tan kin lian.

    so stupid. tan kin lian.

    no medicine can help. tan kin lian.

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  • Don't trouble trouble.....:

    No need so much trouble. Just get rid of the dysfunctional people from the system.

    Know that the GE is coming soon and we can do so. Although I am retired but I am doing it for my children.

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  • Bapak:

    The only way to see change is to VTO.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Look at the 1,3000,000 FW and figure out the levy @ an average of say…$500 inclusive of all categories including MAIDS which is low and unskilled @900 per month…

    Got it??? with your limited intelligence???

    Try to figure a way to TOP that collection monthly…i.e. $500.00 x 1,3000.000 or seek a solution on the WASTE of White Elephants like The Jewel in a Clay Crown and the IDIOT’s projection of 100B on an International CON-job of Climate Change

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  • Singapore Fooled Again N Again:

    These are old issues many were not enforced or government not willing to look into. Born Singaporeans have very much disadvantages compared to foreigners and it happens conky in SG. In other countries, the citizens have priorities over foreigners

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  • Harder Truths:

    I remember in the late 1970′s when the unofficial policy of hiring FT came into being. The businesses run by $G managers and others were the first to get rid of locals and hire foreigners. The local bosses would go to MOM and plead to have more FT.

    If local bosses are urging MOM for FT why should the government say no? Local bosses will not help us get jobs back. They side with the government.

    The best part is after 1980′s these local bosses were mostly replaced by FT themselves or former FT. That is why there is no hope. FT support their own kind. Locals backstab other locals.

    That is why this is a failed State – no local born can or will trust any other local born. If you do you get screwed.

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  • Asd:

    Shut up la… tan king kong..

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  • Great Idea:

    Great idea for gov revenue from more levies, i’m sure they’ll look into it. EP would be a great business.

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  • Boh Chee = Human Nature:

    Join pap iron rice bowl, just look at China.

    https://xw.qq.com/cmsid/20190215A0PBB200?f=newdc
    40万年薪华为员工,过年被亲戚说不如公务员同学

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  • rukidding:

    Loong and holy j*n* have $$$ written all over their face.

    What maks you think these two and their gang of tycoons is interested about Us ?

    New sillyzeans to “con one more round”…”lock up” these sillyzeans $$$ and go for ROUND TWO or THREE “musical chair”…using your $$$ which they say is not your $$$.

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  • left to australia:

    thats because the singaporean backstab each other in everything.. Lee’s Singapore is a failed country . I have left the the place for good and my children have grown up in australia.

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  • 90s poly student:

    Harder Truths:
    no local born can or will trust any other local born. If you do you get screwed.

    I agree with u . from my school days to working life the locals have backstabbed me again and again. SOmetimes i am happy pap pawns them as they deserve it.

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  • Sinkie:

    The employers are traitors.

    Male ordinary Sinkies have served NS, sacrificing for the country,

    The employers rather employ cheaper foreigners, depriving ordinary Sinkies of a proper rice bowl – that’s stabbing ordinary Sinkies in their backs.

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    This is because the govt created a rst race competetive society. So rather to work with one another, locals vie with one another.

    90s poly student: I agree with u . from my school days to working life the locals have backstabbed me again and again. SOmetimes i am happy pap pawns them as they deserve it.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Dear Singaporeans,
    LKY once said, politics is not a walk in the park.
    Politics is a matter of life or death.

    Please do not be a canon fodder for opposition party.

    News from 港人講地:
    Black shirt masked man had his mask removed and ran away like cockroaches.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftb_4Ili3tM

    Analysis of un-masking the man who ran away with tails between his leg.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_a_tLrBduk

    This un-masked cockroaches, (oops) man was actually working in the custom office and is now sacked….

    What can opposition do for you?

    Vote PAP. Vote 9% GST. Vote for more FT to solve our falling birthrate.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • CECA - India IT Companies:

    India IT Companies are exempted from fair employment act!!! Singapore companies should boycott India IT Companies, with the exemption, they will bring in truckloads of villagers to come to sg.

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  • Cant sue sister, can sue Xu:

    90s poly student: I agree with u . from my school days to working life the locals have backstabbed me again and again. SOmetimes i am happy pap pawns them as they deserve it.

    Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:
    This is because the govt created a rst race competetive society. So rather to work with one another, locals vie with one another.

    No need to look far for bad example of bad human shitty behaviour.

    Look at 38 Oxy Road lying pap master liar lky clown and how Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling are trying to tell 70% sheep about the piece of shit.

    As long as such a bad example is in charge, no need to be surprised the lower rungs all behave sama sama. It is called the stupidest follow the stupider leader.

    It is without hesitation we say only 30% local born are smart enough not to behave like the piece of shit. The other 70% sheep by omission or by commission all are behaving like the piece of shit. Sad.

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  • Mr. Blah:

    Hey Mr. Ex-PAP…you forgot something very important that foreigners don’t incur….CPF!!! Please think carefully before writing, you are too well fed by the PAP to think properly! Very out of touch with reality la.

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  • fooling dafts:

    8000 india companies are already in sg.
    who do u all think theyll employ?
    no shortage of their country men in sg to take advantage of too.
    all these statistics gov dishes out are all fake…to appease the dafts!

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  • to undermine ourselves:

    //I agree with u . from my school days to working life the locals have backstabbed me again and again. SOmetimes i am happy pap pawns them as they deserve it.//

    indoctrinated to backstab ourselves ? in order to protect their own white monkey 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy (floodgate ?), the white idiots & their dogs would play up (regular propaganda or oversell) the talents of FTs and downplay the importance of locals (e.g not enough talents or lazy to work or too demanding ?).

    Until one fine day, when sinkie numbers are overwhelmed by too many FTs, you start to find that many of them (so-called FTs) are actually nothing special in the skills that they possess but are more confident in ‘conveying’ their thoughts & needs (while daft many decent sinkies just prefer to take order & instructions) ; and many of these so-called FTs are not so specially talented and are actually doing the same work like your average sinkie.

    While FTs will support FTs (well, the open-leg policy is so clearly open for them to take advantage), daft sinkies are indoctrinated to undermine ourselves.

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  • Employ more older local Nurses:

    Should employ more local Nurses.
    Private specialist clinics should not have too many Foreign Nurses in their Clinic.
    Worse should not allowed them to help bring their related family Nurses to work in the same clinic.
    Should not allow non registered FT nurses here doing registered nurse duty such as injection etc
    Such Clinics should make effort to employ more local older registered Nurses instead.
    They can also communicate better with the elder patient.

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  • anything runs by pap fails:

    Employ more older local Nurses:
    Should employ more local Nurses.
    Private specialist clinics should not have too many Foreign Nurses in their Clinic.
    Worse should not allowed them to help bring their related family Nurses to work in the same clinic.
    Should not allow non registered FT nurses here doing registered nurse duty such as injection etc
    Such Clinics should make effort to employ more local older registered Nurses instead.
    They can also communicate better with the elder patient.

    Let us be objective.

    Is gan any good?

    But he is not afraid, today 2019, to be fired. He was afraid when lky was still alive, since at that time gan has not yet accumulated S$m in bank account. After lky demise, and clown took over from goh cock tong, gan has so much money in bank account gan nowadays can care less whether gan is fired or not. In the end, led by clown, citizens suffer.

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