MOM will consider PME taskforce’s recommendations to support and protect local PMEs

Singapore is mulling changes to the Employment Pass scheme for foreign professionals and will consider recommendations from a taskforce set up by the National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore National Employers Federation. These include a point-based system that is based on a wider range of factors, like the company’s employment history. Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said his ministry will also take on board other proposals, like income relief for the unemployed.

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NTUC asst secretary-general Patrick Tay on taskforce’s recommendations to support local PMEs

Income relief for those who have lost their jobs, and a point system to restrict access to foreign workers in certain occupations. These were among nine recommendations made by a taskforce to support Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) and protect their jobs. NTUC assistant secretary-general Patrick Tay shared his thoughts on the safeguards needed for income relief as well as how to strengthen the Singaporean core.

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Labour movement calls for unemployment benefits to be given to PMEs

The labour movement in Singapore is calling for unemployment benefits to be given to professionals, managers and executives, especially those who are older. It also wants an existing taskforce to address concerns like workplace discrimination and lack of job security for this group.

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Growth of local PMEs in infocomm, finance sectors still exceeds that of EP holders: Tan See Leng

Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said for every one employment pass holder added between 2005 and 2020 in Singapore, there were more than three local PMEs who joined the workforce. Dr Tan said overseas firms give more good jobs to locals, even when they also employ foreign workers. He was refuting claims that the CECA displaces local workers.

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Growth of local PMEs in infocomm, finance sectors still exceeds that of EP holders: Tan See Leng

Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said for every one employment pass holder added between 2005 and 2020 in Singapore, there were more than three local PMEs who joined the workforce. Dr Tan said overseas firms give more good jobs to locals, even when they also employ foreign workers. He was refuting claims that the CECA displaces local workers.

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Growth of local PMEs in infocomm, finance sectors still exceeds that of EP holders: Tan See Leng

Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said for every one employment pass holder added between 2005 and 2020 in Singapore, there were more than three local PMEs who joined the workforce. Dr Tan said overseas firms give more good jobs to locals, even when they also employ foreign workers. He was refuting claims that the CECA displaces local workers.

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Free trade agreements are ‘not the causes’ of challenges PMEs face: Ong Ye Kung

Competition between foreign and local professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) is not a zero-sum game. Speaking in Parliament on July 6, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said free trade agreements, including CECA, are not the cause of the challenges local PMEs face. If anything, the trade pacts are part of the solution. Mr Ong also pointed out that foreign workers bear the brunt of job losses during downturns like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Still, challenges can arise when foreigners concentrate in certain sectors, like Indian employment pass holders in tech-related jobs.

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Free trade agreements are ‘not the causes’ of challenges PMEs face: Ong Ye Kung

Competition between foreign and local professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) is not a zero-sum game. Speaking in Parliament on July 6, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said free trade agreements, including CECA, are not the cause of the challenges local PMEs face. If anything, the trade pacts are part of the solution. Mr Ong also pointed out that foreign workers bear the brunt of job losses during downturns like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Still, challenges can arise when foreigners concentrate in certain sectors, like Indian employment pass holders in tech-related jobs.

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NTUC looking at ring-fencing jobs to help local PMEs: Ng Chee Meng

Singapore’s labour movement is looking at ring-fencing jobs to secure more options for local professionals, managers, and executives (PMEs). Labour chief Ng Chee Meng said such safety nets can be made for mature PMEs who usually find it harder to find employment after being retrenched. Mr Ng said recent engagements with some 8,000 PMEs revealed that job security, work opportunities and career progression were some of their top concerns. He added that while PMEs make up about 60% of Singapore’s workforce, only about one in 10 are union members.

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