Articles

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

  • Posted : 27 May 2020
  • New resources have been introduced by MOM to provide better care for migrant workers here, including a mobile application for workers to report their daily health status and for employers to track their workers' movement during Covid-19 period.
  • Posted : 10 May 2020
  • Foreign workers in dorms are getting help to monitor their health through telemedicine and a gadget that checks oxygen levels.

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS & BUSINESS IMPACTS

  • Posted : 23 Jun 2020
  • New rules are being introduced by MOM to ensure employment agencies recruiting candidates on behalf of employers consider Singaporeans fairly for vacancies.
  • Posted : 16 Jun 2020
  • Employment took a major hit in the first quarter of the year as the pandemic battered pretty much every sector of the local economy.
  • Posted : 04 Jun 2020
  • Posted : 30 May 2020
  • Foreign workers living in dormitories, as well as their employers and dormitory operators, will have to comply with a slew of measures before the workers are allowed to resume work.
  • Posted : 09 May 2020
  • Firms must put in place safe management measures at workplaces to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in the community again even as local transmission numbers fall, the Ministry of Manpower said on Saturday (May 9).
  • Posted : 01 May 2020
  • When workplace activities gradually resume after the circuit breaker lifts, the Government will need to put in place new guidelines and standards to ensure that they remain safe from potential Covid-19 outbreaks, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday (May 1).
  • Posted : 29 Apr 2020
  • The number of people working in Singapore, excluding maids, plunged by 19,900 in the first three months of the year as the early impact of the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted economic activity.
  • Posted : 24 Apr 2020
  • Employers can check in at least once a week with their employees who are working from home due to safe distancing measures. They should also keep those who had been suspended from work, because of cost-cutting measures, updated on the company's salary and leave arrangements.
  • Posted : 24 Apr 2020
  • The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will investigate complaints that employers are not using their Jobs Support Scheme payouts to support employee salaries.
  • Posted : 21 Apr 2020
  • Over 62,000 employers will get nearly $675 million in foreign worker levy rebates from Tuesday (April 21), said the Manpower Ministry (MOM) on the same day.
  • Posted : 18 Apr 2020
  • Workers and firms in the cleaning sector should be paid appropriately even as work is re-prioritised during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the industry remains viable.
  • Posted : 12 Apr 2020
  • A work pass holder has been stripped of his pass and permanently banned from working in Singapore for breaching circuit breaker measures, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) said on Sunday (April 12).
  • Posted : 07 Apr 2020
  • An inter-agency task force has been set up to provide support to foreign workers and dormitory operators, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Tuesday (April 7).
  • Posted : 02 Apr 2020
  • More than 850 workplaces have been inspected and 129 stop-work orders, as well as 260 remedial orders (ROs), have been served to companies in a bid to enforce safe distancing at workplaces, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in an update on Thursday (April 2).
  • Posted : 01 Apr 2020
  • Work-permit holders of any nationality will be able to take jobs in other sectors from Wednesday, as long as their current employers agree to the switch, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) said on Wednesday (April 1).
  • Posted : 31 Mar 2020
  • The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will come down harder on companies that have not made serious efforts to put in place work-from-home arrangements, Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo said on Tuesday (March 31).
  • Posted : 25 Mar 2020
  • Migrant workers who gather in large numbers in public may have their work passes revoked if they do not disperse when ordered to by the authorities.
  • Posted : 27 Mar 2020
  • More than 30 companies have been ordered to stop work immediately after the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) found that they have not been following safe distancing measures.
  • Posted : 22 Mar 2020
  • The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has revoked a total of 89 work passes as of yesterday for those who breached entry approval or stay-home notice requirements.
  • Posted : 18 Mar 2020
  • The National Wages Council (NWC) was convened yesterday, which is earlier than usual, to discuss wages in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Posted : 17 Mar 2020
  • The Government is looking into providing financial support for companies that need to urgently house workers affected by Malaysia's announcement to implement a two-week movement control order.
  • Posted : 17 Mar 2020
  • Employees who insist on proceeding with non-essential, non-work-related travel outside Singapore may have to use their annual leave to serve out their quarantine, stay-home notice or company-imposed leave of absence periods.
  • Posted : 16 Mar 2020
  • If employees do not have enough annual leave, employers may require them to use advance leave or take no-pay leave.
  • Posted : 15 Mar 2020
  • All employers and employment agencies planning for their foreign domestic workers to enter Singapore will also need to obtain MOM's approval before the workers commence their journey.
  • Posted : 11 Mar 2020
  • Manpower Minister Josephine Teo urged companies to make use of wage and training support measures that the Government has rolled out to help employers.
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • Temperature screening stations at Tuas Checkpoint. Swab tests at checkpoints will kick in from 11.59pm on March 4, 2020.
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • The uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus outbreak means it will be a challenge for unemployment to remain in the relatively low range seen in recent years. The Government's first priority is to prevent large-scale job losses and prevent a scaling back or reversal of wage increases for low-wage workers, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.

BUDGET 2020 & COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

  • Posted : 18 Mar 2020
  • Manpower Minister Josephine Teo yesterday hinted that details of the second economic stimulus package could be unveiled soon. The Government is talking to businesses and unions, she said, adding: "The idea is that we won't take too long to talk to people, to get a sense of what kind of support they need."
  • Posted : 27 Feb 2020
  • In Career 360, Bernard Lim speaks to Mr Heng Chee How, NTUC deputy secretary-general, about Budget 2020 measures to resolve prevailing manpower concerns like job retention, mid-career changes and the nation’s talent strategy.

MANPOWER SCHEMES & SUPPORT

  • Posted : 08 Apr 2020
  • Employers are strongly urged not to resort to retrenchment or prolonged no-pay leave to manage business costs during the circuit breaker month, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
  • Posted : 21 Mar 2020
  • Singapore saw fewer job vacancies overall last year but there were still many opportunities in growth sectors, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo yesterday.
  • Posted : 13 Mar 2020
  • Ministry says subdued outlook expected this year; economists warn of more retrenchments.
  • Posted : 07 Mar 2020
  • The minimum qualifying salary for new Employment Passes will be raised from $3,600 to $3,900 from May 1 and from May 1 next year for renewals. Older and more experienced applicants will need to be paid more.
  • Posted : 04 Mar 2020
  • A concerted push is under way to ensure Singaporeans in their 40s and 50s can progress in their careers and access fair opportunities.
  • Posted : 04 Mar 2020
  • The salary criteria for hiring foreign workers on an Employment Pass will be raised from May, as part of efforts to assure Singaporeans that they are competing on a level playing field.
  • Posted : 04 Mar 2020
  • Posted : 04 Mar 2020
  • Progressive companies that raise both their retirement and re-employment age ahead of the national schedule can receive up to $250,000 from a new Senior Worker Early Adopter Grant.
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • A one-stop portal and sector-specific support groups were among a raft of new measures announced on Tuesday (March 3) to promote the uptake of flexible work arrangements among employers.
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • The new scheme, called Workfare Skills Support, will begin on July 1 and will provide more help for workers who complete training leading to full qualifications.
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad noted that while three in 10 persons with disabilities aged 15 to 64 have a job, the ministry wants to do more to give this group an added boost.
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • Auxiliary police officers and private-sector firefighters could work longer if they wish to as their retirement age is going to be reviewed, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Tuesday (March 3).
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • A new $36 million training support scheme will be launched to help freelancers upgrade their skills in the next three months, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo announced on Tuesday (Mar 3).
  • Posted : 03 Mar 2020
  • From May this year, the minimum salary for foreign professionals to qualify for an Employment Pass (EP) will be raised to $3,900 per month, up from $3,600.