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Helping more women and mature workers participate in the labour force

Flexible work arrangements are the way forward, especially as they help more women and mature workers participate in the labour force, said Manpower Minister Tan See Leng at a panel discussion on May 6.

He noted that there are about 260,000 women aged 25 to 64 and 120,000 residents aged 65 to 69 who are outside the labour force.

“So if you add the two groups together with an emboldened, enlightened and optimised flexible work arrangement, we have potentially close to 400,000 people coming back to the workforce. Think about how that will power our economy and our industries,” he said.

Why would 260,000 women not want to work when they are young? That’s because the gender wage gap is large in Singapore. According to the government, “the main reason for the gender wage gap in Singapore is occupational segregation” adding that some women who disrupted their careers because of caregiving responsibilities are not able to earn as much as their partners.

Due to the large gender wage gap in Singapore, when a couple sets up a family, women are usually the ones who give up their career since they’re earning lesser than the male counterparts.

If the Singapore government wants to help women become home-based entrepreneurs, why don’t they have a Home-Based Business Grant to help defray the start-up cost? Why don’t they have start-up grants or avenues of micro-financing for these “mumpreneurs”, or mothers who become entrepreneurs? Instead of saying they encourage mothers to work or do businesses at home, isn’t it more practical if there are real policies in place to help mothers?

 

HH Han

 

 

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23 Responses to “Helping more women and mature workers participate in the labour force”

  • MarBowling:

    How come NOW then a World Class Minister of Mai Hum by the Holee Name of Dead Dragon aka See Leng has finally WOKEN UP and REALIZED that we have potentially about 400,000 TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREAN WOMEN FOLKS WHO ARE ABLE TO COME BACK TO THE WORKFORCE!

    ONE Q COMES IN MIND! What were those JLB, MF, USELESS MOM Ministers like Joker Teo, Tan Chuan Jinx have been doing under their Holee WATCH until the TIMELY appearance of this Dead Dragon?

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  • SGslaves get slave wages:

    Selling out our own citizens by signing all kinds of unfair m.o.u deals with 3rd worlds ..so they can pay cheap cheaper cheaperest salaries , that out places our own citizens…

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  • Insincere:

    Every year they talk cock about Sinkies not working, and every year they let in more foreigners to take over jobs and depress salaries.

    Talkcock.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    MarBowling:

    ONE Q COMES IN MIND! What were those JLB, MF, USELESS MOM Ministers like Joker Teo, Tan Chuan Jinx have been doing under their Holee WATCH until the TIMELY appearance of this Dead Dragon?

    These clowns just placed there to PLP the Golden Prince, lah.

    Seriously, as I mentioned previously, under Ah Loong, there had been 7 change of MOM minister in 17 years, making an average of 2.5 years for each to make any significant/useful policies on our Manpower issues. Which MNC or large successful corporates changes core policy (ie. manpower) every 2-3 years? This is total nonsense management by the WORST PM singapore ever had – some called it playing musical chairs.

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  • PAP dots don't join:

    Are there any credible up to date statistics from credible surveys to show what’s the discretionary income or disposable income after necessities that (including the ubiquitous tuitions many SG students are in) that SGpns Cann afoord to expense to take risks to be entrepreneurs?

    How about ‘garages’ where one read of many profitable world class ventures spawned from – how many available are there for SGpns to indulge in Eureka discoveries?

    I guess whatever inches of real estate available are rented out for rental income, not surprising. Foreigners are a huge and good source of money to collect rents from aside from a captured segment of SGpns which are not unlucrative too.

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  • PAP dots don't join:

    MarBowling:
    How come NOW then a World Class Minister of Mai Hum by the Holee Name of Dead Dragon aka See Leng has finally WOKEN UP and REALIZED that we have potentially about 400,000 TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREAN WOMEN FOLKS WHO ARE ABLE TO COME BACK TO THE WORKFORCE!

    ONE Q COMES IN MIND! What were those JLB, MF, USELESS MOM Ministers like Joker Teo, Tan Chuan Jinx have been doing under their Holee WATCH until the TIMELY appearance of this Dead Dragon?

    Nobody went to sleep and suddenly work up.
    They always hibernate bcz their million dollars salaries are working wonders. Like some 100s of Millions spent on YOG was claimed to benefit SG – where ah. Where is the proof of this claim.

    How about the yearly F1 race – how much GDP dollars has accrued in SG Treasury vaults, and went into the pockets of the carton box collector’s exercise savings.

    Anyone?

    Probably wrong set of statistics somewhere la. Some statistics are mined as they contain gold. Some are trashed bcz don’t benefit Ah Kow or say, benefit a certain Mr Tan, a SG economist blasted, taken down by a PAP Monster years ago when it was claimed Tan didn’t used the correct statistics.

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  • Harder Truths:

    How can housewives with children and retired old people fight against the FT flood? The FT flood are given all kinds of privileges and monetary rewards just for being FT. They are cunning and underhanded. They control the business world and employ only their own.

    $inkiess do not work because they are displaced, have to manage a family or are too old to risk their health. It is as simple as that. This nonsense is mouthed by ignorant people who have never worked one honest day in their lives.

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  • Naked Truth:

    Busy looking at bank accounts no time for other issues.

    MarBowling:
    How come NOW then a World Class Minister of Mai Hum by the Holee Name of Dead Dragon aka See Leng has finally WOKEN UP and REALIZED that we have potentially about 400,000 TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREAN WOMEN FOLKS WHO ARE ABLE TO COME BACK TO THE WORKFORCE!

    ONE Q COMES IN MIND! What were those JLB, MF, USELESS MOM Ministers like Joker Teo, Tan Chuan Jinx have been doing under their Holee WATCH until the TIMELY appearance of this Dead Dragon?

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  • Die liao Singapore:

    Harder Truths:
    How can housewives with children and retired old people fight against the FT flood? The FT flood are given all kinds of privileges and monetary rewards just for being FT. They are cunning and underhanded. They control the business world and employ only their own.

    $inkiess do not work because they are displaced, have to manage a family or are too old to risk their health. It is as simple as that. This nonsense is mouthed by ignorant people who have never worked one honest day in their lives.

    Even before the 100s of 1000s of FTrash were assisted and hand held to work against SGpns, the younger ones foreigners were lavishly gifted from Tax Payers money $1000s and $1000s scholarships, free tuition fees, board and lodgings to HAVE A HEAD Start (still claimed GST has to be raised bcz of shortfall?) when SGpns were forced to even pay for own tuition just to pass school exams.

    And when young foreign graduates abscond – how much was collected from them when they escaped bonds, how many were punished, went to jail. Looks like dare not to reveal figures, forever locked up.

    What kind of Political Administration is this one has to question legitimately as love SG citizen?

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  • Dr Fire:

    Construction site had to put on construction vest did she wear safety boot .

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  • Harder Truths:

    @ Die liao Singapore:

    True true

    The real fun starts when a $inkie tries to find work in an island full of fake degrees, rock-bottom salaries and the longest working hours in the world. Then by the time $inkies reach 40 they are replaced and still have to pay for renting a HDB or be kicked out.

    Now watch the new wave come from HK and Europe. Already the HK flood is expanding. The Ang-moh boss also is returning to live in condo, car, and have $G concubines. $inkies can wash their condo, car and be their concubines.

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  • Make it easier:

    Meet it easier for these groups to come back to the workforce when available.
    More need to be done for them.
    A waste of human resource if not use fully.

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  • xoxi:

    What about helping retired SENIOR CITIZENS ?
    It will cost only a FRACTION OF THE $100 BILLION.
    A FORM OF AFFORDABLE RETIREMENT HOMES IN A GATED COMPOUND WOULD HELP SENIOR SGS IN TERMS OF SECURITY AND FINANCING.
    Such HDB RETIREMENT UNITS could be priced for different leases and be NON-TRANSFERABLE and to be returned to HDB /GOVT upon death/s of the senior couple or single.

    It shud be GST-FREE ZONE N SELF-CONTAINED with A Village clinic (basic) plus ambulatory service.
    There could be a mini-mart,a pharmacy,physiotherapy service,a small fishing pond(optional),meeting place with light games,a cottage industry for the more able,a small theatrette,a canteen that offers both dine-in and delivery,etc.

    The G shud consider this humble suggestion to ready seniors for ageing,HAPPY AGEING.

    I SINCERELY HOPE MINISTER DESMOND LEE,son of LEE YOCK SUAN ,could tap on his dad’s experience n counsel on this matter as his dad was also MND before.

    For further suggestions n feedbacks,PLEASE VISIT TRE SITE as many seniors here can offer good n viable ideas.

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  • mathematically impossible:

    //How can housewives with children and retired old people fight against the FT flood? The FT flood are given all kinds of privileges and monetary rewards just for being FT.//

    cannot fight lar (almost mathematically impossible ??) as long as the white monkey idiots continue with their open-leg policy (plus “quick” conversion from FTs to sinkies so become sinkies liao to wayang with the statistics ??) ??? once the critical mass number of daft sinkies is lost, then the result is quite clear hor ??

    so must VTO the white monkey idiots lar as the first important step lar – not that after VTO, the damage can be resolved suddenly BUT to prevent the damage from getting worst ??

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  • Die liao Singapore:

    Harder Truths:
    @ Die liao Singapore:

    True true

    The real fun starts when a $inkie tries to find work in an island full of fake degrees, rock-bottom salaries and the longest working hours in the world. Then by the time $inkies reach 40 they are replaced and still have to pay for renting a HDB or be kicked out.

    Now watch the new wave come from HK and Europe. Already the HK flood is expanding. The Ang-moh boss also is returning to live in condo, car, and have $G concubines. $inkies can wash their condo, car and be their concubines.

    Next GE shd be very very interesting bcz of the flood of HKees invading Szg besides contributing factors of PAP COVID disaster, hawkers demise by the 100s, unbearable inflation, persecution of WP, possible Lawless Wong hazards – one can get the positive feeling the PAP face disaster.

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  • Die liao Singapore:

    Harder Truths:
    @ Die liao Singapore:

    True true

    The real fun starts when a $inkie tries to find work in an island full of fake degrees, rock-bottom salaries and the longest working hours in the world. Then by the time $inkies reach 40 they are replaced and still have to pay for renting a HDB or be kicked out.

    Now watch the new wave come from HK and Europe. Already the HK flood is expanding. The Ang-moh boss also is returning to live in condo, car, and have $G concubines. $inkies can wash their condo, car and be their concubines.

    Next GE shd be very very interesting bcz of the flood of HKees invading SG, besides contributing factors of PAP mess up of COVID, from lies to masks BS, hawkers demise by the 100s, unbearable inflation, continuous persecution of WP, possible Lawless Wong hazards, the remnants of Russia invasion of Ukraine (to believe or not Loo g said recession in SG 2 years tune) – one can get the positive feeling the PAP face disaster.

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  • Damaged Control:

    Very sad and ironic indeed.
    Need our PM to highlight workplace safety.
    20 death beginning of this year.( does it include Singaporean? Must the Prime Minister see what going on while others cannot see.
    “Is far too many and unacceptable.” said the Prime Minister.
    OMG , Did any Ministries officers lift their eye brows to see what’s going on? Need our PM to open both eyes and highlight into this industrial accidents issues.
    Now, Singapore Ministry of Manpower, Work Safety and Health Council, NTUC Singapore and industrial partners all sprang and like a jig-saw puzzle place into action.

    My suggestion: Prime Minister should be going or working more often as an “undercover boss” to weed out all the apathy attitude of all the Ministries officers.

    To name the Ministries that I have gone through: Housing And Development Board (HDB), Central Provident Fund,(CPF), The Police Force including Traffic Police, National Environment Agency (NEA), Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Go check it out .

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  • Damage Control:

    Once upon a time. There was this protocol called the Quality Service Manager (QSM) in all Ministries department. I was told that the QSM were from all different Ministries interchange to do a check on feedbacks and complains to that particular Ministry. Very effective to keep the Ministry officers on their toes.
    That was only happen at the initial stage.

    Today – the QSM is from the same Ministry itself.
    Try calling the QSM – - no answer. Leave phone number – no call back.
    Write to them – no reply.
    Is the QSM obsolete already?
    What happen?
    How many civil servant are bothered? All bo-chap attitude. So slack. Try telling the officers, was told off. Are you teaching me! Was told, not happy write to newspapers or forum. Or feedbacks.

    QThere was this service of Go Extra Mile Service (GEMS).
    What happen?
    Maybe the officers tried to help but Kena (got) road block.

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  • Damage Control:

    Once upon a time. There was this protocol called the Quality Service Manager (QSM) in all Ministries department. I was told that the QSM were from all different Ministries interchange to do a check on feedbacks and complains to that particular Ministry. Very effective to keep the Ministry officers on their toes.
    That was only happen at the initial stage.

    Today – the QSM is from the same Ministry itself.
    Try calling the QSM – - no answer. Leave phone number – no call back.
    Write to them – no reply.
    Is the QSM obsolete already?
    What happen?
    How many civil servant are bothered? All bo-chap attitude. So slack. Try telling the officers, was told off. Are you teaching me! Was told, not happy write to newspapers or forum. Or feedbacks.

    There was this service of Go Extra Mile Service (GEMS).
    What happen?
    Maybe the officers tried to help but Kena (got) road block.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Damaged Control:
    Very sad and ironic indeed.
    Need our PM to highlight workplace safety.

    As mentioned, under Loong administration, SG had 7 change of MOM ministers in 17 years. How to have long-term effective manpower-related policies (e.g. work safety, less reliance on FW, develop local talents, etc.) with such high turnover??? One clown will just follow the preceding clown’s (failed) policies, maybe band-aid a bit to wayang but nobody will dare to rock the boat too much – after all, successful or failed, they know their million$ salary is assured.

    SG is at this stage because our most expensive PM was given a super-long runway, yet still cannot fly – he can highlight issues, he can call voters Free Riders, he can tell pappies to win Singaporeans’ trust, he can Ownself Pat Ownself, he can keep rotating his clowns … but he clearly CANNOT lead. Very sad FACT indeed.

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  • MarBowling:

    theforgottongeneration:
    May 9, 2022 at 11:20 pm (Quote)
    Damaged Control:
    Very sad and ironic indeed.
    Need our PM to highlight workplace safety.
    As mentioned, under Loong administration, SG had 7 change of MOM ministers in 17 years. How to have long-term effective manpower-related policies (e.g. work safety, less reliance on FW, develop local talents, etc.) with such high turnover??? One clown will just follow the preceding clown’s (failed) policies, maybe band-aid a bit to wayang but nobody will dare to rock the boat too much – after all, successful or failed, they know their million$ salary is assured.

    SG is at this stage because our most expensive PM was given a super-long runway, yet still cannot fly – he can highlight issues, he can call voters Free Riders, he can tell pappies to win Singaporeans’ trust, he can Ownself Pat Ownself, he can keep rotating his clowns … but he clearly CANNOT lead. Very sad FACT indeed.

    Response: HOW TO LEAD! The Holee MOMENT he steps into the Holee House, IMMEDIATELY he HAS TO PULL DOWN HIS PANTS AND HAND IT OVER TO HIS WIFEY IN EXCHANGE FOR SHIM SKIRT!

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  • John Doe:

    theforgottongeneration: As mentioned, under Loong administration, SG had 7 change of MOM ministers in 17 years. How to have long-term effective manpower-related policies (e.g. work safety, less reliance on FW, develop local talents, etc.) with such high turnover??? One clown will just follow the preceding clown’s (failed) policies, maybe band-aid a bit to wayang but nobody will dare to rock the boat too much – after all, successful or failed, they know their million$ salary is assured.

    SG is at this stage because our most expensive PM was given a super-long runway, yet still cannot fly – he can highlight issues, he can call voters Free Riders, he can tell pappies to win Singaporeans’ trust, he can Ownself Pat Ownself, he can keep rotating his clowns … but he clearly CANNOT lead. Very sad FACT indeed.

    I don’t know anyone can make a credible guess how MUCH IS ZELENSKY PAID.

    Zelensky CERTAINLY LEADS from the FRONT, bravely decisively.

    Loong? He can’t EVEN LEAD from the rear the least a Multi Millionaire PM, the World’s HIGHEST PAID – he led from the shadows.

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  • PAP dots don't join.:

    theforgottongeneration: As mentioned, under Loong administration, SG had 7 change of MOM ministers in 17 years. How to have long-term effective manpower-related policies (e.g. work safety, less reliance on FW, develop local talents, etc.) with such high turnover??? One clown will just follow the preceding clown’s (failed) policies, maybe band-aid a bit to wayang but nobody will dare to rock the boat too much – after all, successful or failed, they know their million$ salary is assured.

    SG is at this stage because our most expensive PM was given a super-long runway, yet still cannot fly – he can highlight issues, he can call voters Free Riders, he can tell pappies to win Singaporeans’ trust, he can Ownself Pat Ownself, he can keep rotating his clowns … but he clearly CANNOT lead. Very sad FACT indeed.

    So this is JOB HOPPING new fad in a new package. Uniquely PAP.

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