Kudos to Helen Lim, 69, and a few others for setting up job portals to help Singaporeans looking for jobs, temporary, part time or permanent. Singaporeans are trying to help other Singaporeans when getting a job is soooo difficult. Just look at the media report and you will know what I mean. ‘According to Ministry of Manpower data for the third quarter of last year, nearly 55 per cent of Singapore residents made redundant in the previous quarter were able to find a new job within six months. This means that 45 per cent take longer than six months to land a new job.’
Read what the MOM did not say. Every time they used the phrase ‘Singapore residents’ it is a sign that they are hiding something. Why are they afraid to give the breakdown between Singaporeans and non Singaporeans? Fishy, something that they find it embarrassing or politically wrong to give the breakdown? And why selectively only the third quarter of last year? What about the first and second quarter? Is it that the third quarter results are the most pleasant to the ears of Singaporeans? And for the 45 per cent that could not find jobs within six months, how many could not find jobs after one year, how many after 3 years, how many could not find jobs longer than that?
The article in the Today paper today also said that many of the job seekers ‘have a diploma as a minimum qualification, while many have degrees and post graduate qualifications. Some have experience working in multinational corporations. It then added a ‘unique group of school leavers in their mid 50s onwards who have grown well in their organizations to managerial levels. This group, when retrenched, faces more challenges getting another corporate job with no paper qualification to support them,’ said Ms Lim.’
Here again we are hearing a uniquely Singapore paradox. University graduates here could not find employment for lack of skill sets. Experience PMEs that have done well, with a good track record, also cannot find jobs. And some ministers are saying paper qualifications are useless, cannot eat. It is skill sets and job experience that matters. If you keep listening to the clowns in the circus, one should be laughing. In this case, you just cannot laugh.
And despite Singaporeans coming out to help other Singaporeans, who do you think are the people or organizations employing the seniors, mums and mature workers? The article mentioned small and medium enterprises. ‘The current organizations that contact Silver Spring for candidates are growing small and medium enterprises…as SMEs “see the value in having some mature silver talents in their workplace.”’
Why no big organizations, why no GLCs, govt ministries? They are too big to help? They can’t find mature PMEs good enough and must go to 3rd world countries to hire foreign talents with fake or degree mills or from ‘chapalan’ universities that are better than our world class universities?
The MOM also set up portals like Job Banks, for what? Is that their only responsibility and effort to help Singaporeans? Why can’t they work with GLCs and govt ministries to provide more jobs for mature PMEs, to give preference to Singaporeans? Or the foreigner CEOs are dictating who they want to hire and nothing can be done about it, even in GLCs? I know the parrots would say cannot. Look, given preference does not mean you hire the bad apples. There are many good PMEs that are still good for another 5 to 10 or 15 years.
Who is helping Singaporeans to find jobs? What is the govt and MOM doing about this? Providing job data, talking about Singapore residents? That’s all? Why are the GLCs not helping out? GLCs that are making billions in profits do not need to engage in hiring cheap labour from 3rd World countries. They should be doing national service to hire Singaporeans at the middle management level and below except for jobs that Singaporeans did not want. The Singaporeans are doing national service, sacrificing their lives, why can’t GLCs be doing national service to reciprocate the sacrifices of Singaporeans but continue to hire foreigners to replace Singaporeans? What is there to defend for the NS men, to sacrifice their lives for?