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Survey Results: Singapore Workers Reveal Their Working Weight Woes, in JobsCentral Survey

By Jonathan Tay

More than three in five Singapore workers (61.7 per cent) have gained weight since starting work. Furthermore, 16.8 per cent have reported gaining at least 20 kg since joining the workforce. This is according to an online study conducted by JobsCentral which included the responses of more than 3,000 working adults in Singapore. The majority of weight gainers (59.3 per cent) recorded a more conservative increase of less than 10 kg.

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JobsCentral Survey: Singapore employers confess to bad work habits that they are guilty of

By Jonathan Tay

In this study, JobsCentral explores employer-employee work relationships and the common bad working habits bosses commit.

75 per cent of employers say it is important that employees work over the weekends or after office hours. In addition, over two-fifths (45.7%) said they would contact their employees on leave. 58.2 per cent maintain it is important their employees remain contactable, regardless of whether they are on vacation.

The online survey was conducted from August to October 2012 and included the responses of 256 hiring managers and 3,299 employees.

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Poll Results: Which of these Employer actions infringes your privacy most?

With the aid of technological tools, it is now possible for employers to track their employees’ online activity during work hours.

While employers have the right to monitor their workers’ work performances and how company resources are being used, there’s a thin line between tracking and intruding upon an employee’s right to privacy.

According to a poll conducted by JobsCentral, from 8 January to 3 April 2013, most workers are put off by the idea of employers tracking their social media profiles.

Survey Results: In the quest for talents. Interviewers share bizarre interview encounters and common interview blunders, finds JobsCentral’s survey

By Jonathan Tay

From dealing with a crying interviewee to encountering a stalker, interviewers reveal some of the strangest job candidates they have come across in JobsCentral’s latest online study. The study, which was conducted from August to September 2012, included the responses of over 390 hiring managers and HR personnel.

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Survey Results: Are you a saver or spender? JobsCentral Survey reveals the savings habits of Singapore workers

By Jonathan Tay

Most Singapore workers are not setting aside enough from their monthly paycheck. This is despite moderate improvements in saving habits, according to the latest online study by JobsCentral. The nationwide survey, conducted from August to October 2012 among 3,299 working adults, discovered that that more than half (55.5 per cent) do not save above 20 per cent of their monthly income. Even so, a slight jump was observed in the proportion of employees indicating that they are saving more.

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Poll Results: Would you welcome the idea of ‘Working from home’?

With technology and connectivity improvements, working from home is no longer just another Monday morning dream.

By providing their staff with the option of working from home, businesses may enjoy advantages such as reduced overhead costs and better morale.

Even so, some may argue that the lack of supervision may affect work quality and that the absence of interactions may erode team cohesiveness.

What is the overall perception of Singapore workers towards working from home? A short poll conducted by JobsCentral, from 26 September to 30 October 2012, showed that the idea of working from home is generally well-received by most Singapore workers.

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Singapore workers happiest since 2009 but Work Happiness Score still pretty lackluster

By Shi Tianyun

While Singapore workers are the happiest at work since 2009, they are still in a category that puts them in the “less moderately happy” lot.

A total of 3,299 respondents took the 2012 JobsCentral Work Happiness Indicator Survey, which was conducted online from September to October this year. This survey has been conducted every year since 2009.

2012’s overall average Work Happiness Indicator score of 59.8 out of 100 is a 4.1 percent increase from last year’s 57.4. However, while there is an improvement, Singapore workers are still in the “less than moderately happy” category.

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JobsCentral Survey: 2 in 3 employers surveyed say they will be hiring in Q4 2012

By Juliet Soh

The employment market appears set to continue its strength in the final quarter of 2012, according to a survey conducted by JobsCentral, Singapore’s leading job portal. This is against the backdrop of low unemployment rate of 2% in the country.

67.2% of the respondents, made up of HR professionals and hiring managers from both the private and public sectors, indicated that they will be hiring till the end of the year to fill new positions (excluding replacements from staff turnover). Majority of those who are hiring are from the small-medium enterprises (SME, 62.4%), while the multinational corporations (MNCs) take up 27.4%, and the public sector forms 10.2% of this group.

“In spite of the uncertain and rather slow global economy, Singapore employers are still faced with a very tight local labour market. This means that employers find it hard to even replace staff who resign and even harder to recruit new staff for expansion. This problem is further compounded by our overall shift towards less reliance on foreigners,” commented Mr. Lim Der Shing, CEO of JobsCentral Group.

“The situation is especially bad for SMEs, who may not have the resources and ability to compete with MNCs or the government in terms of compensation, benefits and career development and who have traditionally relied on foreigners. Certain sectors like the retail, hospitality and healthcare section face a tough time getting the people and employment permits they need to run their businesses,” he adds.

Lack of suitable quality candidates is a huge HR challenge

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Poll results: Do you agree that female employees should be entitled to 6 months paid maternity leave?

In a bid to boost the nation’s birth rate, the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has proposed paid maternity leave of 6 months for all female employees. The proposal however, has received mixed sentiments amongst the general public.

From 30 August to 21 September, 2012, a short poll was conducted by JobsCentral to find out what most Singapore workers think of an extended maternity leave. The poll gathered a total of 288 responses.

Survey Results: Nearly one-quarter of Singapore workers feel bullied at work

By Jonathan Tay

According to an online study conducted by JobsCentral, nearly one-in-four (24%) workers in Singapore, believe themselves to be victims of office bullying. The survey, which received the participation of over 2,000 respondents, also found that older workers were more likely to experience injustice at work, particularly those in the age group of 41 to 50 years old.

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