National Jobs Index proposed

HRM 05 Feb 2013

The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) has suggested that Singapore set up the National Jobs Index, in response to the Government’s White Paper on Population.

According to ASME’s proposal, jobs shunned by Singaporeans but are necessary for Singapore’s growth will have a higher rating, such as those in the construction industry. They will be assigned a lower levy and given a higher quota.

In a report by Channel NewsAsia, ASME said that although the average Singaporean has been urging the government to reduce the influx of foreign workers, these is a difference between lower-skilled foreign labour and highly-skilled foreign talent.

ASME suggested that the discontent of Singaporeans is more directed at higher-skilled workers and that if it is the case, the foreign labour quota for lower skilled workers should be re-examined.

The association said that the government’s sudden decision to slow down both foreign labour and foreign talent has not only made it difficult for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore to hire foreign workers, but has also made it equally challenging to renew the passes of their existing well-trained foreign workers.

ASME claimed that this will lead to SMEs being forced to downsize or shut down, reducing the number of jobs available to professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), perpetuating a vicious cycle.

The association also added that the government should be prepared to relax its manpower policies, if productivity gains do not materialise.

In the past 10 years, Singapore's productivity gain has only been 1.8%, compared to the projected productivity gain of three per cent in this decade and up two percent in the next. ASME said that such projections may be overly optimistic.

Leave your comment
Start a new discussion

HRM Asia forum is the place for positive industry interaction and welcomes your professional and informed opinion.

Post a Comment
HRM Asia welcomes your contribution. Your IP address is recorded in the event of a complaint.
Name *
Email *
(required, but will not display)
Comment *
Please enter in the numbers in the box left.
You are about to submit your comment. Is it:
  • Professional
  • In your own name or pseudonym, not impersonating someone else
  • Free from rude language
  • Free from advertising
  • If you prefer not to post but are still keen to get your viewpoint across, you can always e-mail the editor.
  • 23 Apr | M1 Limited | Singapore
    23 Apr | Michael Page International | Singapore
    22 Apr | Kerry Consulting | Singapore
    MasterCard – International mobility and training for HiPo talent
    Appandairajan Krishnakumar, Senior Business Partner - HR, MasterCard, shares how his organisation effectively selects its high potential talent, sends them off on international assignments and trains them.
    Organisational leadership in the 21st century
    Spearheading corporate democracy @ Facebook
    Tailor-make your talent strategy: Top tips from Carlsberg
    Performance Leadership Pte Ltd |
    Increase productivity and getting funding from Health Promotion Board, through a series of General Health and Mental Wellness programmes.
    Organisational Development Concepts |
    The Service Excellence Competency Frame (SVCF) is a competency-based training and assessment framework that equips service professionals with the rele ...
    Performance Leadership Pte Ltd |
    Lunch, Learn and Bond with your teams, all within 1 hour! Choose from a variety of light-hearted, interesting or thought-provoking topics that appeal ...