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Monday July 22nd 2019

Unemployed 48-year-old lamenting over permanent jobs given to foreigners during temping

Hi Gilbert,

I’m writing to you as I do not know what to do.

Currently I’m unemployed. My last permanent full-time job was in 2015. In 2016 I only worked in a full time job for 6 months and I have been temping ever since.

I’m a 48-year-old guy who is not well educated as I have only a ‘O’ level cert. Never been promoted ever since I started working so I have always been in the operational level job.

A lot of the companies that I been temping with seem to have a small group of foreigners as permanent staffers while the large group of temporary staff whom they depend on are Singaporeans. These instances gave you the idea that a lot of these companies have no intention of hiring Singaporeans as permanent staffers which is really disheartening. Even after realising this, I still need to put on a brave front and soldier on to look for a job even if it’s temporary or part-time.

But I know I can’t go back to my previous job as a warehouse assistant due to my age and this is a physically demanding job so I can’t foresee working in this line until my retirement age in my 60′s.

What type of jobs will you suggest that I take up?

Thank you.


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3 Responses to “Unemployed 48-year-old lamenting over permanent jobs given to foreigners during temping”

  1. Collin says:

    Subject: Unemployed 48 years old lamenting over permanent jobs…
    Dear editor, please get Steven to contact me via email. Would like to do a job match if position available is suitable. Thank you.


  2. Jie Ming says:


    Maybe you can try applying for a security guard position? Not many interested in this job because it requires about 11 working hours and night shift too.

  3. henk van rooijen says:

    what is mom doing for us aged Singaporeans? after you are forced to retire at 61 you will never get a an appointment for a job interview anymore no matter how hard you try!! this is sickeninv to see at preference is given to low wage imported labour just for the sake of cost mom should put more measures in place to force employers to give jobs to able aged Singaporeans!!

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