Monday, September 30, 2013

Shortage of workers in Singapore..employers deserve it!

It was just after my 59th birthday and I queued up at Middle Road for a security guard job. It wasn't that I needed the money but I was bored doing nothing into my third year of my retirement from SIA.
The walk-in interview queue was quite long but I was patient enough to wait for my turn to be interviewed.
When it came to my turn to be interviewed, I was abruptly told I was too old to be a security guard by the interviewer. He pointed to a relatively young man
(a foreigner) around 30 plus in the queue and said " Do you expect me to employ you instead of that man?"
I was booted out immediately even before I could answer the interviewer.

A few days later a convenient store as it advertised it wanted night shift store supervisor. The salary offered was $1,800.
I applied but was also told I was too old. They prefer younger Malaysian workers.

Now, 8 years later, employers are crying out for more Singaporean workers. The Singapore government has decided to impose heavy levy on companies employing unskilled and semi-skilled foreign workers. Back then, the levy was much lower and employers could hire cheap foreign workers to do the jobs that I've applied for.

Just to illustrate how desperate the employers are these days, someone that I know who is 67 is hired for a condominium executive position for $2,500 plus all the perks and CPF contributions. Isn't he too "old " too? That guy has zero experience in that field of work.

Frankly, I would not even want to work for them even if they pay me twice the amount they're paying that 67 year old guy.


Anonymous said...

This is a serious flaw in govt policy at making use of cheap foreign labour at the expense of its native citizens. Quick fixes or short cuts do not bring good results. What a pathetic sight to see our elderly citizens cleaning toilets and clearing used utensils at food courts. In China, this is looked upon with scorn. Once you turn sixty, the Govt takes care of you....from a communist regime mind you.

Boh Tong said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

I thought cabin crew always brag they are professionals and highly sought after?

Jacky said...

When I went to Beijing for holiday, I was told that senior citizens don't have to pay for public transport. Also some tourist attracts are also free to senior citizens. At least China government respect and take care of their citizens.

Anonymous said...

Yes Jacky. Respect for elders, filial piety and honouring thy parents have their origin in China. The writings of Confucius and Lao Sher have lasted centuries and many of the things that are circulated by Mgt consultants are mostly taken from these two great philosophers.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, China tax is around 50% flat of your total income. In Singapore, our tax is progressive tax.

Anonymous said...

BT, you will get more business! The turnover of cabin crews is high. Last week from Auckland to Sin, business class had only one senior crew who is a returning single mum. The rest are newbies approx 1 year. IFS was stressed and struggling. BL

Boh Tong said...

BL thanks for the info. Yes many crew are resigning cos they are not happy.