I am aware of the “Support Singaporeans First” campaign and what you and others are trying to do is commendable but I wonder what really is the root of the problem.
I think the truth could be in between but our government is not going deep enough (or take an easy way) to identify the problem but took an easy “one stroke” approach instead of micro managing the problem. Hence we end up with situations of employers having problem hiring Singaporeans and at the same time there are Singaporeans who are displaced by foreigners.
As you know, I have problem all along trying to hire Singaporeans. And this problem existed since 5 years ago in spite of numerous advertisements and even tweaking our advertisement to less stringent requirements – we simply did not receive any single application from locals!
Now I would like to share with you what I’ve encountered recently which is disturbing.
Our condo recently changed a new Managing Agent and today I met our condo’s estate manager and chatted with him for a while. Immediately I realised he is a FT from China. Don’t know if he is a PR on working permit or a new citizen. I guess he is in his early 30s. One can tell he is an FT not only from the accent when he speaks English but he don’t seem to understand the crux of my question when I asked him about a matter concerning our estate.
Other than the above I also met 2 other FTs and am quite surprised when they came knocking at my door. As I need to send some personal effects and furniture overseas over to my son, three mover companies came separately to assess the amount of things we have to shift over.
Out of the three who came, 2 were ang mohs.
One was a German and the other a New Zealander. Both are about in their 30s.
I would describe their job as ‘Sales Representative” of cargo forwarding/shipping agents. Though I did not ask – I believe these men are still single i.e. not having families here.
Meeting these 3 FTs really makes me wonder what is happening to Singapore.
I guess the Chinese estate manager is probably paid at least SGD 3k a mth if not more and the other 2 Ang Mohs are probably paid at least SGD 4 or 5K a month if not more and I am surprised why are these positions not filled by true blue Singaporeans?
As far as I know the skill sets that’s required by these FTs to do their respective jobs are not that specialised that an ordinary Singaporean with say a High school or Polytechnic educational level cannot do. So is it a case of shortage of Singaporeans or employers preferring not to employ Singaporeans?
I personally believe that these FTs (the above I met) would be getting paid something like $3000 to 5000 a month if not more and I also believe no employers would want to hire them unless they have very rare skill sets or their remuneration package is lower than a local.
Thus, it’s either there are no Singaporeans to take up these jobs or Singaporeans filling the above positions are demanding much more than 5K a month otherwise why would employers want to hire these FTs?
Then comes the next question.
Is it justifiable for Singaporeans (someone in their 30s and most probably married) to expect to be paid more than 3K or 5K per month for the above positions?
I have no statistics but tend to feel that things are not as simple as it seems.
Firstly, I believe that we have a shortage of people who are in the 30s age group.
Those in these age group would already be well employed and entrenched in their career.
Those in their 40s would likely expect to be paid more than 5K a mth because these people would have much higher financial commitment with school going kids and hefty house loans, cars but 4 or 5K a month salary should still be enough to support a family living in a HDB flat so it is still hard to believe why do these companies need FTs like those I met…
It looks like there is no ready answers to my enquiries surrounding our complex manpower issues here.