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Outrage over local company that pays part-timers S$5 an hour

Difficult to live on a S$1,000 salary, say netizens

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Singapore — A local job advertisement that offered a rate of S$5 per hour to part-timers sparked outrage amongst netizens.

A screengrab of the job advertisement was shared on popular Facebook page “Complaint Singapore’” on Sunday (Mar 28).

Photo: Screengrab / FB

The job listing, posted on fastjobs.sg, was for general maintenance and storekeeping. It also included ad hoc duties.

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The listing did not state the working environment, but only listed the premises as “Office / Store / Warehouse / Factory”.

Those applying could choose between a full-time position, a part-time position or a contractual job ranging from one to three months.

The part of the listing that angered netizens was as follows: “5 Days / 8-6pm
$1000 / $5 hourly”. The salary for the position also only started from S$1000 per month.

The netizen who shared the listing on Facebook wrote: “I felt disgusted..now is years 2021..They are still company (sic) paying peanuts”.

Others also commented that it would be difficult to live on a S$1000 salary, especially with CPF deductions and travel expenses.

The low pay was a sore point for many netizens who recalled a comment made by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who was then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, in Parliament in 2012.

Responding to concerns expressed by then-non-constituency member of parliament (NCMP) Gerald Giam about Singaporeans being unable to afford a flat here, Senior Minister Tharman said that families with household incomes of just $1,000 can now purchase one.

“I would like to assure Mr Gerald Giam, who might not have caught up with all the developments, that our enhanced housing grants for lower-income families are such that a family with a monthly income of as low as $1,000 can now purchase a small flat,” said Mr Tharman, who added that a family that earns “a bit more, say $1,500”, can afford a medium-sized flat.

The job listing was still available when this report was written. TISG has reached out to the relevant company for comment and clarification. /TISGFollow us on Social Media

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