Poll Results: Is the issue of job competition between Singaporeans and foreigners a serious one in Singapore now?

At the National Day Rally 2010, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the concern of the rising competition for jobs with the increasing numbers of foreigners in Singapore. He reassured Singaporeans that although some may feel the pinch, the influx of foreigners is a necessary move to improve the economic situation of Singapore.

PM Lee also mentioned that several policies are already in place to keep check of the competition between foreigners and Singaporeans for jobs, such as the foreign worker levy and workfare benefits. In addition, he also encouraged Singaporeans to help the foreigners in assimilating into the local lifestyle, and has cited few examples where this has been done successfully.

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Based on this issue, JobsCentral conducted a two-week poll, where a total of 340 respondents indicated their stand on whether they think this issue of job competition between Singaporeans and foreigners is a serious one.

Poll Results: What do you think would be most effective in encouraging employers to re-hire older workers?

The issue of unemployment for older workers is increasingly becoming a concern in Singapore. At a National Day Observance Ceremony for the National Trade Union Congress’ (NTUC) U Live Community at Pinnacle@Duxton two weeks ago, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Mr. Lim Boon Heng urged employers to re-employ workers in the older age groups.

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Based on this issue, JobsCentral conducted a poll in the last two weeks, where 106 respondents indicated what they think would be most effective way to encourage employers to re-hire older workers.

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News in Brief - Economic growth in Q2 and calls for changes to growth bonus and MVC

No time to read lengthy newspaper articles? Keep up with important news related to the economy and employment issues on JobsCentral Community!

Singapore's economy expanded by 18.8% on-year in Q2. This figure falls short of the growth estimate of 19.3%. Economists suggest that this moderation in the economy's growth signals a slower second half this year. The government has kept its forecast for the economy to grow between 13% and 15% cent in 2010.

Labour MP Halimah Yacob has called for the growth bonus to be restored in public sector paychecks. Introduced in 2007, the growth bonus is tied to Singapore's GDP performance and was initially given to top performers in the civil service. There was no such bonus in 2008 and 2009 due to the economy's poor performance. Madam Halimah stressed that the growth bonus is for all public sector employees, and should be restored this year due to the economic rebound.

Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong urges companies to up the Monthly Variable Component (MVC). Under the current recommended wage structure, 70% of monthly basic wages is made up of basic wage, 10% MVC and 20% Annual Variable Component (AVC). Mr Gan says that increasing the MVC will give companies a stronger buffer against future economic shocks.

Results of the 2010 JobsFactory Employers of Choice Survey

Which are the most popular employers from the private and public sector this year? What do graduates look for in potential employers and how do they decide between multiple job offers? How many of them are willing to accept contract-based job offers?

Get the answers to these questions and more in the 2010 JobsFactory Employers of Choice Survey (University Edition) Report! With a record high of 4,597 respondents from NTU, NUS and SMU, this is the largest and most comprehensive university graduate-focused survey in Singapore.

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The JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair is back this October!

The hottest career fair is back at Hall 403 and 404 of Suntec Singapore on 2nd and 3rd October! With 50% increase in hall space from 2009, the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2010 brings you more job offerings and education courses from a wide range of exhibitors. It’s BIGGER & BETTER this year!

Whether you are looking for great career or education opportunities, the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2010 is the place for you! Get a chance to interact with potential employers and gai...n invaluable career insights into various industries. Want to pursue higher education or acquire more life skills? Don’t miss the opportunity to speak to the education providers and training organizations at the fair.

Admission is FREE! We strongly encourage you to pre-register online to beat the queues at the on-site registration booth.

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- Avoid the long registration queue and gain express entry
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JobsCentral-TSOPE workshops are a great success!

Here at JobsCentral, we constantly come up with new initiatives to help you make informed career choices. One of the initiatives we rolled out, in partnership with The School of Personal Excellence (TSOPE), is a series of career guidance workshops that is aimed at helping you gain an edge in today's competitive market.

The workshops cover a whole series of topics from writing winning resumes to answering interview questions and are conducted by career experts and consultants. You can check out our photos from previous workshops here!

The exciting conclusion to the JobsCentral Learning Challenge!

Thousands of brains endured sleepless nights in an attempt to solve the JobsCentral Learning Challenge to capture the coveted iPad but there can be only one. The lucky person to stride off into the sunset with Apple’s latest product is Alex Heng!

The conqueror of the 20 evil levels of puzzles was all smiles when he laid his hands on the box. Four other lucky contestants also had something to show for their efforts. Moses Goh received some extra pocket money to the tune of S$300 while Md Azharuddin and Pathma Priya got for themselves an exclusive JobsCentral gift pack.

We have more contests in the pipeline, so stay tuned for much more exciting events! You can keep yourself updated by checking out our Facebook or subscribing to our Twitter feed.

Poll Results: A recent survey says that more people reject job offers because of a better job market. What are your views?

A recent survey on hiring trends has revealed that more employers are facing rejection from candidates whom they have made job offers to. The reason most often cited for rejection is due to higher salary expectations.

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In response to this, JobsCentral polled a total of 250 respondents over a 2 week period in order to validate this finding. The results of the poll revealed an alarming trend.

The Inaugural 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award

Have you always wanted to upgrade yourself but lacked the money? Looking for some help to finance your future studies? Ever wished you would be featured in the media?

Look no further, we have the answers you need. JobsCentral is proud to present the inaugural 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award.

Sign up for any course listed on our JobsCentral Learning portal and after your enrolment is confirmed, apply for the 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award. All nominees will go through an interview process with our selection panel and the award winner will receive $1000 in cash, an award certificate and an editorial feature on JobsCentral and other associated media.

The award is completely bond-free and only requires that you be either a Singaporean or PR and a registered JobsCentral user. You can click here to get a free account.

The application period is from 16 June 2010 to 11 October 2010, so if you have ever wanted to pursue further studies, now is the best time to do it! You might just be the inaugural winner of the 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award.

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