Suggestions to solve structural unemployment in PMET sector
Posted by temasektimes on August 7, 2012
Re: PME Sector employment – I want to make two suggestions.
(A) From my experience – there is quite a lot of structural unemployment in PME sector. On one hand there are jobs waiting for people and on other hand there are people looking for jobs.
One peculiarity of PME sector is quite often employers need prior experience for the job. Initiative such as Caliberlink are welcome but I would suggest MOM implement Apprenticeship / Internship scheme specifically for PME Sector which allow experienced PME (after having gone through necessary training and reskilling) to try new job for six months on apprenticeship / internship basis.
During the six months – the employer pay 1/3 of salary + extra tax incentives, PME employee take pay cut of 1/3 as recognition of investment in his experience and perhaps Government fund the 1/3 salary (subject to certain upper cap) for the six month period.
That way it will further incentivize employers to look for Singaporean PME’s before bringing in foreigners.
The other suggestion I have is:
(B) If employer can really not find a local Singaporean for the PME position through their own hiring mehtods, they should be made to list that job on caliberlink website (onestop portal) before they can apply for EP for foreigner. The job should be on caliberlink portal for at least 2/3 weeks before company can apply EP for a foreigner. Also, get the companies to maintain records of how many Singaporean applicants were received and why they were rejected etc. and MOM do a random spot audit just to prevent abuse of EP’s.
This will create enough disincentive for company to stop abusing the practice of prefering certain nationality (as it happens in IT departments of many banks in Singapore) and at the same time give them enough flexibility to best talent sourcing where necessary.
I feel these two steps together with the existing measures will help take away lot of grudges that is out there in our Singaporean brothers / Sisters in PME sector.
*The above was first posted as a comment on Mr Tan Chuan-Jin’s Facebook page