Rising temperatures will place workers, especially outdoor workers, at an increased risk of heat stress. With immediate effect, employers will be required to implement these measures to reduce heat stress risks for outdoor workers.

The Ministry of Manpower will conduct inspections at workplaces to ensure that these measures are adequately implemented.

Learn more: https://lnkd.in/gxFbSg6T

Work permits will only be issued if an employer has acceptable accommodation for their WPHs, Singapore’s MOM reminds
Published 22 September 2023, Author : Arina Sofiah

Employers must register a valid address for housing their work permit holders (WPH) and this may include dormitories, hostels, and public or private residential housing

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has reminded employers that it will only issue a work permit once an employer has registered a valid address of accommodation for their work permit holders (WPHs).

Thus, employers are required to ensure their WPHs have acceptable accommodation in Singapore — and this may include dormitories, hostels, and public or private residential housing.

The Ministry was responding to a Parliamentary question on the possibility of making more accommodation available ahead of time before approving more work passes for foreign workers.

As shared in the response, MOM has been working with the relevant ministries to expand the supply of dormitory beds, and 17,000 dormitory beds have been added since December 2022.

Further responding to a point on committing to productivity measures ahead of work pass approvals, MOM pointed out: “Businesses know that to thrive in the long run, they need to transform, increase their productivity, and reduce their reliance on WPHs.”

To this end, sector agencies have launched 23 Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) as part of efforts to uplift productivity across the economy, with businesses given access various enterprise grants offered by sector agencies to adopt automation and technology, and transform their businesses.

MOM highlighted: “It is not practical for MOM to require each firm to commit to productivity measures and ascertain if targets have been met, before approving work pass applications.”

Instead, it added, MOM, in consultation with sector agencies, calibrates foreign workforce policies, including the Dependency Ratio Ceilings (DRCs) which limit the number of WPHs that employers can hire, to support the push towards higher productivity


World Talent Ranking 2023: Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan make the top 20
Published 21 September 2023, Author : Tracy Chan

The three economies ranked eighth, 16th, and 20th respectively in terms of their worldwide talent competitiveness.

Despite the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic playing a determining role in the talent competitiveness landscape, Switzerland has maintained its top spot in the 2023 IMD World Talent Ranking (WTR).

The 2023 edition studied 64 economies – including Kuwait for the first time – by quantifying 31 criteria that involve both hard data and survey responses from executives, reflecting the global talent competitiveness of each economy.

Each criterion was then organized into three factors:

Investment and development, which considers the domestic resources committed to cultivating homegrown talent;
Appeal, which evaluates the ability to attract and retain talent from both international and domestic markets; and
Readiness, which quantifies the quality of the available skills and competencies in the talent pool.
Switzerland has continued its worldwide talent competitiveness dominance, remaining in the top position of the WTR since its inception in 2014. Luxembourg moved up to second place, while Iceland retained the third spot. Sweden experienced a considerable downfall – from second to 10th position – while Belgium (fourth) and Singapore (eighth) have both moved back into the top 10.

Global top 10:

In APAC, Singapore was ranked first, followed by Hong Kong and Australia.

Among the Asian economies considered, only Singapore, South Korea, and Indonesia saw an improvement in their rankings, with all three moving up four places this year.

Asia talent ranking:

Singapore (ranked eighth globally, +4 places)
Hong Kong SAR (16th globally, -2)
Taiwan, China (20th globally, -1)
Malaysia (33rd globally, ±0)
South Korea (34th globally, +4)
China (41st globally, -1)
Japan (43rd globally, -2)
Thailand (45th globally, ±0)
Indonesia (47th globally, +4)
India (56th globally, -4)
Philippines (60th globally, -6)
The study shows that most regions have not been able to return to pre-pandemic levels of talent competitiveness – a situation that has led to greater talent competitiveness parity between certain regions (e.g., the average talent ranking of countries in Southern Asia and Eastern Europe got closer between 2019 and 2023) while increasing the disparities experienced by other regions (e.g., South America, which had already been lagging in comparison to other regions and has seen that gap increase).

Professor Arturo Bris, Director of IMD’s World Competitiveness Center (WCC), noted that adapting education systems to the needs of economic systems remains one of the big challenges of talent competitiveness. And the top performers in the ranking are those that emphasise professional training and apprenticeships over general academic subjects.

Another major finding in the ranking was that remote and hybrid work is affecting career progression in the eyes of many: 27% of the more than 4,000 executives surveyed said they felt that remote work, whether full-time or part-time, was detrimental to career development in their company.

However, those economies in which remote work is considered less harmful for career development are, on average, also those that excel in the attraction and retention of highly skilled professionals as well as in the levels of female participation in the job market, which are the two important components of talent competitiveness.

“This year’s rankings also show that as economies become more service-oriented – a transformation process that has also reached China (41st) and India (56th) – the physical presence of employees in the country of their employers is no longer needed. All in all, we observe the emergence of a new type of employee that has been educated in one country, lives in another, and works for a company located in a third country,” explained Professor Bris.

Is your organisation ready for Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL)? In light of the upcoming enactment of WFL, it is even more urgent to ensure fair employment practices at your workplace. Take the next steps to be WFL-ready:

– Take a quick self-assessment of your organisation’s practices using the Fair & Progressive Employment Index (FPEIndex).
– Check how well you adhere to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP) by leveraging the new TGFEP module, developed in collaboration with the Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP).
– Use the recommendations in the report provided to close any gaps in your organisation.

So ensure that your organisation is on the right track to be WFL-ready by taking the new TGFEP Module in the Fair & Progressive Employment Index (fairprogressive.sg) now!

#fairworkplaces #workplacefairness #tgfep #fpei #hr #humanresources #ihrp #tafepsg

Companies in Singapore must verify educational qualifications of Employment Pass applicants from Sep 1

Today, employers are already responsible for ensuring the authenticity of their candidate’s qualifications before hiring,” Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said in Parliament on Wednesday (Mar 1).

Staffer fired for refusing to keep his webcam on wins $73,000 payout from Florida-based software firm

Requiring remote staff to keep their webcam on constitutes a human rights violation, a court in the Netherlands has found in a ruling against a U.S. software company. 

Florida-based Chetu must now pay €75,000 ($72,700) to a former remote staffer based in the Netherlands after the company fired him for refusing to keep his webcam on for “eight hours per day.”

1st Aug, 2022: Company leaders can and will be prosecuted if they are culpable for workplace safety and health (WSH) lapses, 

Company leaders can and will be prosecuted if they are culpable for workplace safety and health (WSH) lapses, and compliance with an upcoming code of practice outlining their duties will be considered by the courts in the event of an offence.

Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said on Monday (Aug 1) that the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for Company Directors’ WSH Duties will be published later this year, with public consultations set to begin this month.

“We are putting managements and boards on notice that the ACOP is coming,” he told Parliament in response to a speech by Mr Melvin Yong (Radin Mas).

Jail for construction manager who ignored safety protocols, leading to worker’s death

MOM said on Wednesday that Springview and its director have also been charged for failing to take reasonably practicable steps in ensuring their workers’ safety.

Mr Sebastian Tan, MOM’s director of Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate, reminded contractors to conduct thorough risk assessments for any demolition works and to communicate the plan clearly to the team.

He added: “Under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, we can hold managers or supervisors personally accountable for safety and health lapses, as shown by Kong’s imprisonment.”

For committing a negligent act which endangers the safety and health of others, Kong could have been jailed for up to two years and fined a maximum of $30,000.

#WorkplaceSafetyandHealth #WorkplaceFatality #Negligence #IgnoranceOfSafetyProtocol #Demolition #SafeWorkProcedure #UnsafeWorkSequence #EmployerFailureToTakeReasonablyPracticableStepsToEnsureWorkersSafety #DoingSafetyRightFirstandEverytime

News: Employers with at least 10 staff must inform MOM of any retrenchment from 1 Nov

From 1 November, employers with at least 10 employees must inform the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of all retrenchments regardless of the number of employees affected.

Employers have to file the mandatory retrenchment notification within five working days after they give notice of retrenchment to the affected employee(s).

“This will allow the tripartite partners and relevant agencies to provide timely support and assistance to workers who are retrenched,” MOM said.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/tan-see-leng-105047216_measures-to-facilitate-retention-hiring-activity-6832160040007344128-onDm

By: Mr. Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry

The Construction, Marine Shipyard and Process (CMP) sectors are key drivers of Singapore’s economy. Over the years, Government agencies have been working closely with these sectors to transform business, reduce manpower reliance and build up resilience. However, these efforts take time.

In the immediate term, our CMP sectors continue to face significant manpower shortages as a result of tighter border restrictions due to COVID-19. To help these sectors preserve their core capabilities and emerge stronger from COVID-19, the Government has introduced a package of measures to help them retain and hire their Work Permit Holders. More information about the package can be found here: go.gov.sg/cmpmeasures

To prevent future disruptions to business operations in the longer term, I strongly urge all CMP firms to start on their transformation journeys today. Companies can also tap on technology to reduce manpower reliance, and redesign jobs to attract more locals. The Government will continue to support firms’ transformation efforts through programmes such as the Job Redesign initiative under the Productivity Solutions Grant, and the Job Redesign Reskilling Programme.

Yesterday, Mr Ng Yek Meng, President of The Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL), and I visited Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd to learn how the company has successfully tapped on technology to transform their business and improve processes. I met with Anton, their Project Director, who shared with me how adopting technology such as virtual reality and Building Information Modelling (BIM) has allowed the company to avoid costly abortive work and increased strain to their manpower resources. I am encouraged by Straits Construction’s efforts to embark on business transformation despite the challenging times we are in, and hope more will follow in their footsteps. Let us continue work together to ensure our CMP sectors remain competitive in future.

Employers affected by Singapore’s Phase Two (HA) to get fresh support package, including JSS, 22 July onwards: MOF

For employers, they will receive either 60% or 40% JSS support, depending on the extent to which they were affected, rental relief, and more. For workers, they are entitled to COVID-19 Recovery Grant-Temporary (CRG-T). To help workers and businesses cope with the latest restrictions from Phase Two (HA), Singapore’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) is providing a fresh S$1.1bn support package that will last until 31 August 2021.

This package mainly includes the following:
• Enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for affected sectors;
• Rental relief for commercial properties;
• COVID-19 Recovery Grant-Temporary (CRG-T), and
• Market and hawker centre relief fund
“In putting together this support package, the government has taken into account the feedback from workers and businesses, and engaged business and trade association leaders to understand their concerns,” shared the Ministry. Scroll below to find the specific details about each initiative.

#1 Enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for affected sectors.
Sectors affected by Phase Two (HA) will receive two more rounds of JSS pay-outs. From 22 July to 18 August 2021, the following sectors (which MOF labelled as closed sectors or sectors with tightened safe management measures) will receive 60% of JSS support:
• Food and beverage (F&B);
• Gyms and fitness studios; and
• Performing arts and arts education

Within the same period, another group of sectors (which MOF labelled as significantly affected sectors) will receive 40%. They are:
• Retail;
• Cinemas;
• Museums (such as art galleries and historical sites);
• Family entertainment;
• Personal care services; and
• Tourism

From 19 August to 31 August 2021, all aforementioned sectors will receive 10%.
#2 Additional rental relief for commercial properties
Next, with regard to rental relief, MOF said, the government will provide:
• An additional four-week rental waiver for qualifying tenants on government-owned commercial properties.
• An additional two-week rental relief cash payout for qualifying tenant-occupiers and owner-occupiers of privately-owned commercial properties under the Rental Support Scheme (RSS).

“Small and medium enterprises and eligible non-profit organisations with an annual revenue not exceeding S$100mn, who are tenant-occupiers or owner-occupiers of qualifying commercial properties, will be eligible for rental relief,” the Ministry shared. MOF said that more details on RSS will be made available on the Inland Revenue Authority Singapore’s (IRAS) website in due course. #3 Extended COVID-19 Recovery Grant-Temporary (CRG-T) for affected workers.

The government has also extended the CRG-T until 31 August 2021, according to MOF. Likewise, the CRG-T will provide a payout:
• Of up to S$700 for those who were placed on involuntary no-pay leave, and
• Of up to S$500 for those who lost at least 50% of their income for at least one month due to tightened safe management measures (since 16 May 2021). “Existing CRG-T recipients who continue to require assistance can apply for a second CRG-T support payout,” the Ministry of Finance shared.

#4 New market and hawker centre relief fund
Additionally, the Ministry shared that the government will support hawkers and market stallholders whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by both Phase Two and Three (HA). To do so, the government will introduce a new Market and Hawker Centre Relief Fund. Through this initiative.
• All individual stallholders of cooked food and market stalls in centres managed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) or NEA-appointed operators will receive a one-off cash assistance of S$500 per stallholder. This is an additional support after the previously announced additional one month of subsidies for fees for table-cleaning and centralised dishwashing services, and one month of rental waivers for stallholders in hawker centres and markets managed by NEA or NEA-appointed operators.

Other initiatives include:
Food delivery booster package. Another initiative announced to support the F&B sector is Enterprise Singapore (ESG)’s food delivery booster package to “defray part of food delivery costs via food delivery platforms and third-party logistics partners for transactions made” Through this package, ESG will:
• Fund five percentage points of the commission cost charged; and
• Fund 20% of the delivery costs for food delivery orders through third-party logistics partners.

This package will last from 22 July to 18 August 2021, according to MOF.

E-commerce booster package
In a similar vein, ESG will also provide grant support for local retailers to have their businesses in local e-commerce platforms (such as Lazada, Mummy’s Market, Qoo10, Shopee, and Zalora) through the E-commerce booster package.

Through this package, retailers will receive:
• A one-time 80% support on qualifying costs for the service fees charged by the platforms, capped at S$8,000.
The E-commerce booster package will last until 16 November 2021. COVID-19 driver relief fund (CDRF) for taxi and private hire car drivers

Further, the government has extended the CDRF from 22 July to end-September 2021. Under this latest enhancement, eligible drivers will receive:
• An additional S$10 per vehicle per day from 22 July to 31 August 2021;
• An additional S$5 per vehicle per day in September 2021.

The MOF noted that the entire support package will be “funded by reallocation arising from one-off underutilisation due to COVID-19, and fiscal resources set aside earlier in the event of extension of support measures.”

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Employers should manage retrenchment responsibly and abide by the Tripartite Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment.

Fatigue can affect our ability to make good decisions at work. Here are some ideas that employers can adopt to build an environment that encourages rest and recovery for workers.


The pandemic has drawn attention to the substantial number of self-employed people in Singapore, and the authorities will continue to look into how they can be better supported, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday (Feb 23).

This diverse group may include those taking on gig jobs like food delivery temporarily, and those who take on such jobs on a part-time basis, Mr Heng noted.


Mental health issues are rising, not least with the health, financial and psychological stresses brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In October last year, several mental health clinicians and service providers told The Straits Times that more people in Singapore had been seeking help for mental health issues amid the virus outbreak.

To help those battling this silent disease, there needs to be more support and awareness of it — not just at home but in the workplace too.


The COVID pandemic has led to a rise in mental health issues. How does this affect hiring, and what do employers and employees need to know? Read this edition of Ask ST to find out more.


Since the start of February, we have had seven fatal workplace accidents. In contrast, there were 30 fatalities for the whole of 2020. This is extremely alarming, setting a worrying trend for the year ahead.

The accidents took place across various industries, including construction, transportation and storage and marine.


While companies in sectors badly hit by Covid-19 appreciate the extension of the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), smaller players are brooding over how to keep their businesses alive as the support gradually tapers off.


Employers in the food, retail, arts, and construction sectors welcomed the Government’s plans to extend wage support for them until June, but many feel it is not enough. Safe management measures and a labour crunch caused by border restrictions mean they will continue to feel the pinch.


Wage subsidies under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) will be extended until September for businesses badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, but other employers in sectors that have recovered will stop receiving these subsidies after March. The Sunday Times speaks to some employers.


SINGAPORE -When Singapore entered the circuit breaker period last April, Mr Toby Koh, group managing director of Ademco Security Group, was concerned that his security firm would suffer financial loss.

But with help from the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), which helps employers pay a portion of their workers’ monthly salary, he not only managed to retain all 253 existing full-time staff, he even managed to expand his workforce.


Networking is often touted as key to landing a new job. Most employers will consider internal hiring and employee referrals before advertising the position or going to recruiters and head-hunters.


On 10 February 2021, a company director was at a private dwelling overseeing construction work when he fell through a floor opening and landed on a staircase about 4.7m below. The injured director was pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics.


The Ministry of Manpower is investigating 15 work pass holders here who had declared qualifications from Manav Bharti University in their work pass applications.

The Indian university in Himachal Pradesh state had sold 36,000 fake degrees over 11 years, the Times of India (TOI) reported earlier this month.

S Pass tightening: job take-up by locals to differ between industries.

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Mid-skilled will likely benefit in manufacturing, but bump to their employability and wages may not be similar in other sectors