Employment

Q&A: My Company Has Reneged on Some Terms in My Employment Letter. What Should I Do?

Question: After having joined my new company for about two months, I have not been provided with certain stipulations in my contract – for instance, I have not been able to claim my leave entitlement and I am not being paid for overtime work. I am unsure about handling the situation – what should I do?

Answer: You might be so occupied working hard to impress your superior in your new job that you might overlook the fact that you are being taken advantage of – by not having the terms of your new employment contract properly honoured. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Accept a Contract Position?

Question: After having gone for a job interview for a permanent position, the company has offered me the role – but only on a contract basis. Should I accept their offer?

Answer: Your first reaction: what a disappointing – even insulting – offer! It’s perfectly natural to feel this way if you’ve applied for the position on the assumption that it’d be a permanent role.

What’s more, contract offers are usually made to candidates with insufficient work experience or educational qualifications, so to be offered the role on a contract basis (assuming it was advertised as a permanent role) implies that you lack either or both attributes. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I sign a voluntary work bond?

Question: After having gone for a job interview, I’ve been contacted by the interviewer and offered the position, but with one caveat: I have to sign a work bond with the organisation before I can start work. I really want the position but this condition is making me uneasy. What should I do?

Answer: The mere mention of a voluntary work bond will probably set your inner alarm bells ringing, and for good reason. Unless you’re a scholar, signing a work bond is a not commonplace practice (and in some countries, outright illegal).

In Singapore, a voluntary work bond falls in a grey area. According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), a Contract of Service (usually known as a letter of appointment or employment) does not include any mention of a work bond in its essential clauses (which normally govern factors such as remuneration and hours of work). (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I renege on an offer of employment I've already accepted?

Question: After having gone for multiple job interviews, I’ve finally accepted an offer of employment from Company A. Shortly thereafter, I received another offer of employment with markedly improved terms from Company B. I’m really tempted to take up the latter’s offer but am afraid to go back on my prior commitment. What should I do?

Answer: Long story short – don’t renege on your professional commitment to Company A unless Company B has really made you an offer you can’t refuse, and even then, think long and hard about the consequences of doing so. (Read More Here!)

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Singapore workers keen to upgrade their skills despite low unemployment rate

By Juliet Soh

Against the backdrop of low unemployment rate of 2%, more than a thousand Singapore workers signed up for career seminars, showing a high level of interest in upgrading their career skills. The inaugural JobsCentral Career Summit 2012 hosted within the JobsCentral Career and Learning Fair, saw keen participation across its 23 seminars over topics on career growth, entrepreneurship, business skills and leadership.

Lim Der Shing, CEO of the JobsCentral Group says, “We are pleased to see strong support for the JobsCentral Career Summit from both students and experienced professionals. It goes to show that lifelong learning and career enhancing skills are valued by and are important to our workforce.”

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Researchers are the thriftiest workers in Singapore: JobsCentral Survey

By Jonathan Tay

An online survey conducted by JobsCentral, from 19 August to 16 September 2011, revealed that researchers are among the thriftiest workers in Singapore. Nearly 60 percent of the respondents who are in the field of Research and Development (R&D) have pointed out that they would set aside more than 20% of their monthly income as savings.

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1 in 5 expects to be paid at least 50% more after attaining better qualification

By Juliet Soh


70.3% of the respondents expect pay increases of at least 25% more after obtaining their next level of academic qualifications, according to the 2011 JobsCentral Learning Rankings & Survey. Further, 22.8% of young working adults expect to be paid at least 50% more.

A total of 3,413 respondents took the 2011 JobsCentral Learning Rankings & Survey, which was conducted online from August to September this year. The survey respondents were predominantly young working adults aged 21-40 years old. This survey has an error margin of 1.68%, at a 95% confidence level and has been conducted every year since 2009.

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Talent Hunt – an Uphill Task

By Juliet Soh

97% of the employers reported that hiring skilled professionals in the second half of 2011 will continue to be a challenge, according to the latest survey conducted by Robert Half Workplace, a recruitment firm.

The industries that faced the most difficulties in Singapore are: Finance (28%), followed by Accounting (18%), Compliance (18%), Operational Support (14%), and Audit (8%).

Of the companies that are hiring, 70% of the new positions are for junior level professionals, 56% for middle management and 12% for senior management/director level staff.

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Career Fairs Evolved to Suit New Needs

By Juliet Soh

With a competitive job market and higher expectations from jobseekers, career fairs must offer more than just job opportunities. JobsCentral took the lead in offering an exclusive networking session, on-site interviews and free seminars in addition to jobs in the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2011.

The annual event, in its 6th year running, attracted a visitorship of more than 50,000 and hosted 109 exhibition booths. Employers from many industries are represented, including a strong showing by tourism and hospitality employers including Singapore Tourism Board, Duck & HiPPO, Fairmont and Swissotel, InterContinental Hotels Group, Sentosa Leisure Group and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

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Total employment increases by 36,500 in first quarter of 2010

More people are landing jobs due to the economic rebound.

According to final Ministry of Manpower (MOM) figures for the first three months of 2010, total employment grew by 36,500 in the first quarter, out of which 33,400 came from the service sector.

To put this in perspective, employment fell by 6,200 in the first quarter of 2009, when Singapore was not spared by the global economic downturn.

The unemployment rate for the resident labour force has also dropped slightly, from 3.3% in December 2009 to 3.2% (or 63,300 residents) in March 2010.

Notably, MOM figures also indicated that diploma holders have been more successful than degree holders when it comes to landing jobs.

The jobless rate for diploma holders halved from 4.1% in March last year to 2.1% this March, while the jobless rate for graduates only improved slightly from 3% to 2.8% in the same period.

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