Malaysian graduate earns $1,400 as a sales promoter in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on June 23, 2012
I’m a Malaysian.
I previously work as management trainee for 2 year in a SME company and it is called “Executive Officer”. My pay is S$1,400 basic with S$200 for transportation as a degree holder.
I work 6 days weeks and one day work more than 12 hours. In January alone, I had work until 1.00am also.
All my work consist of being a promoter, merchandiser, stock taker and sales rep. The work is also a 2 years contract work. I do not have OT and commission at all. When I ask my manager, he said that I’m a degree holder and not a O level or SPM level holder. So no OT. I also do not have a copy of the contract as he said that it is the company policy that forbid me to have a copy of contract.
If I work less than 2 years, I need to give 2 months of notice and compensation depend on how much they train me. Hence, if I work 1 year, I need to pay them back 1 year of my salary. After 2 years, I need to give 3 months notice and within 5 years after I had leave the job, I am not permitted to work in the same industry. If they found out, I need to pay them 10 times my salary for the loses they incur because I work in the same industry.
During the 2 years that I work, I do not receive any confirmation letter than I had complete the training. My pay is always delay within the 7 days after the day that I started work.
Most of the Singaporean that come into this company do not last long at all. Most of them just work for one week to within one months only. Due to that, there are a lot of foreigner working in the company with contact such as me.
The China workers had it worst. Their passport is also being kept by the company and every month, their pay is being deducted by S100 as a deposit so that they do not run away.
This is also a SME family business.
Not all SME are bad.
The second job I get is Sales Coordinator job. The pay for probation is S$1450. It also do not tied us down with contract at all.
This company is a 5 days weeks job and the working time is fix from 8.30 am to 6.00pm. Usually, people just add in extra 10 to 15 minutes.
This company also provide lunch and tea time free for the workers
Everyone is very happy working in this company.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.