Tag: Ministry of Manpower

Singaporeans express skepticism that median salary of residents is above S$4,400

Many Singaporeans have expressed their skepticism that the median salary of Singaporeans and permanent residents rose to above S$4,400. The report released on Thursday, November 29, analyzed “the key trends of the resident labour force in Singapore, based on data from the Comprehensive Labour...

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo: No plans to decrease eligibility age for CPF payout

Currently set at age 65, there are no plans at the moment to decrease the eligibility age for the payout for the Central Provident Fund (CPF) members. Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said this in Parliament in response to a question on November 20, Tuesday. The...

StarHub retrenchments begin, with laid-off employees offered ‘generous’ compensations

Beginning from last Monday, October 29, a number of StarHub employees received their pink slips as the retrenchments announced last month began to take effect. The telco said it would let go of around 300 of its 2500 workers on October 3, with most...

Netizens to Josephine Teo, who called minimum wage unfeasible, ‘What about ministers’ salaries?’

Speaking at a panel discussion during the 30th anniversary of the Institute of Policy Studies 30th Anniversary conference at Marina Bay Sands last Friday, October 26, the Minister of Manpower said that implementing minimum wage would be too financially burdensome on employers and may...

MOM reports decrease in retrenchments, growth in employment for Q3

The Ministry of Manpower has reported signs of improvement in the county’s labor market with lower retrenchment rates and employment growth that is more than double of the second quarter of 2018. Unemployment rates, however, also went slightly higher, from 2 percent in 2Q to...

How much do you need to earn to live in different neighborhoods in Singapore?

Different neighbourhoods in Singapore, naturally, have different prices for housing. Value Champion, a site that provides information regarding financial products, came up with figures on how much a person would need to earn in order to be able to pay for and live comfortably...

Jolovan Wham says MOM should ban employers from keeping maids’ phones, netizens respond with own experiences

Human rights activist Jolovan Wham, fresh from being found guilty of scandalizing the judiciary under the new contempt of court laws this week, is causing a bit of a stir on social media by calling on the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to forbid employers...

MOM: Employers no longer allowed to hold money for domestic helpers

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued a new Work Permit condition stating that employers are no longer allowed to hold or keep money (salaries, bonuses or any personal money) belonging to their hired domestic workers. This is slated to take effect in January...

Are Foreign Workers Getting a Fair Shake with MOM disputes?

In recent article for the Straits Times, Then Yee Thoong of the Ministry of Manpower took an opportunity to respond to an open letter titled “Salary non-payment a big issue for migrant workers” from the political activist Alex Au. The letter by Mr. Au speaks...

Get real, MOM

By Bernard Pereira Many employers, I suspect, are getting away with blue murder when they misclassify their workers as “Independent Contractors”  instead of “Employees”. The main reason is obvious: they want to bypass the CPF contribution requirement, in particular, and other fringe benefits due to the worker. Is the...