Habitat for Humanity Report: Construction is Vast Source of Jobs in Emerging Markets
Habitat for Humanity Report: Construction is Vast Source of Jobs in Emerging Markets

ATLANTA, GA, Oct 4, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The construction industry — led by homebuilding — is a large, often-overlooked source of jobs in emerging market economies, according to a report (https://www.habitat.org/sites/default/files/documents/A-Ladder-Up_Report.pdf) released today by Habitat for Humanity to mark World Habitat Day. Every $1 million in construction output creates an average... » read more

Covid-19 testing regimes in Singapore explained

Regular self-testing has been introduced across various sectors as Singapore moves towards living with the coronavirus in the stabilisation phase. Here is what you need to know.  Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) rostered routine testing (RRT) What it is – Regular PCR test, once every seven days or 14 days. – Under the vaccinate or regular test (VoRT)... » read more

Network of 1,200 migrant worker volunteers provide social support in dorms

SINGAPORE – For many of the 8,000 migrant workers living in PPT Lodge 1B dormitory, Mr Letchumanan Muralidharan, 47, has been their translator, mediator and confidant. When the dorm, also known as S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, was locked down on April 5 last year after being declared an isolation area, the construction worker from India... » read more

Unpaid Bukit Timah CC vaccination centre Covid-19 workers to receive owed salaries

SINGAPORE – After being owed salaries for almost three months, several Covid-19 vaccinators and nurses at the Bukit Timah Community Club Vaccination centre will be paid for their services, but not by their employer. In a Facebook post on Wednesday morning (Sept 15), NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng condemned the “errant” employer of the vaccinators... » read more

Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 31
Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 31

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Tuesday, Aug 31. Last US forces leave Afghanistan after almost 20 years Celebratory gunfire was heard across the Afghan capital after the last US troops pulled out. READ MORE HERE 2 new Covid-19 clusters at Tampines Bus Interchange and Institute of Mental Health This is... » read more

Consumers willing to pay more if workers get better wages

SINGAPORE – Raising the wages of workers in more sectors and occupations will help uplift their livelihoods, but costs of services will likely increase as the burden is shared. Singaporeans will be willing to fork out that bit more, experts said. But this must come with better service and firms showing they are really paying... » read more

National Day Rally 2021: A Singapore-style approach to bridge fault lines

SINGAPORE – Covid-19 has cast a spotlight on vulnerable groups, and deepened several fault lines – between haves and have-nots, locals and foreigners, and over race. It was therefore timely that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally focused at length on tackling these issues. From raising the wages of lower-paid workers to having... » read more

Can home cleaning scheme replace live-in maids?
Can home cleaning scheme replace live-in maids?

SINGAPORE – Ms Poe Ei San, 25, a Myanmar migrant, could not find work as a nurse in Singapore, so she cleaned homes instead. Every day, the Yangon University graduate washes toilets, scrubs floors and wipes down kitchens. “Because of the low pay and instability in Myanmar, many young people look for jobs overseas,” she... » read more

Career conversion schemes help over 3,000 workers in tourism and lifestyle service sector pick up digital skills
Career conversion schemes help over 3,000 workers in tourism and lifestyle service sector pick up digital skills

SINGAPORE – Companies in the tourism and lifestyle service sector, hit hard by the pandemic, are getting help to bounce back, with 18 more career conversion programmes launched since January last year. These help to equip workers with digital and technical skills, and take up new opportunities, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce... » read more

Live shows from his living room help migrant workers stave off lockdown woes

SINGAPORE – For the past 16 months, since movement within migrant workers’ dormitories began to be restricted, one man has been trying to keep his fellow Bangladeshis here informed and entertained from his living room in Tampines. For an hour or two each Saturday, Mr Nazmul Khan, 40, transports migrant workers out of their dorm... » read more

140,000 more locals hired under Jobs Growth Incentive scheme since Nov 2020

SINGAPORE – Another 140,000 locals have found new jobs since November last year under a government scheme to help employers expand their local workforce, the Ministry of Manpower said on Wednesday (July 14). As at February this year, there were 270,000 Singapore citizens and permanent residents hired by 42,000 businesses. The Jobs Growth Incentive (JGI) scheme... » read more

MOM probing firms for not paying workers at Bukit Timah CC vaccination centre
MOM probing firms for not paying workers at Bukit Timah CC vaccination centre

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is probing companies accused of not paying some workers at Bukit Timah Community Club vaccination centre. In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for the ministry and the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management confirmed on Friday (July 2) that MOM had received nine complaints from... » read more