Singapore: False Work Permit application

Obtaining a legally valid work permit is important while securing your abroad. Making a false Work Permit application is an offence under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act in Singapore, and you can be fined up to $15,000 and/or go to jail for up to 12 months.

You should not apply for a Work Permit for a foreigner if you have no intention to hire the person to work for you. Your foreign domestic worker (FDW) can only work for you and cannot be engaged in any part-time employment as at your relative’s house.

A man falsely declared his Filipino girlfriend as his FDW has been fined $5,000. After the Work Permit was issued, the man allowed her to work as a part-time domestic helper for other people. When he was found out in January 2011, the man was fined $5,000 for making a false declaration, and the FDW was similarly fined $5,000 for abetting the man to apply for the Work Permit and she has been repatriated.

Similarly in another insident, a Filipino man and a Filipino woman conspired to submit a false Work Permit application for the latter. The Work Permit was issued, but the woman worked as a part-time cleaner for three expatriate households. In May 2011, the two were fined $6,000 each for submitting a false Work Permit application.

An FDW can only work for the employer in the address stated in the Work Permit, and cannot engage in any part-time employment elsewhere. Anyone who has no intention of hiring an FDW should not lend his or her name to the Work Permit application.

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Star check required not only for marriage but also for employment

A check of the stars and their suitability is important for Hindus. It is highly advised not to proceed further if the stars are not compatible. However, it is uncommon to use star as deciding factor for employment.
A Chinese firm recently advertised for a job and stated in the ad that Scorpios or Virgos need not apply, whereas Capricorns, Pisces and Libras would be prioritised.

The unusual requirements are part of a job ad posted at a university in the central city of Wuhuan by an English language training company, and have generated a storm of online controversy since they were uncovered this week.

The report quoted a woman in charge at the unnamed firm as saying she had done research and found Scorpios had strong personalities and were moody, while Virgos were hugely critical and did not stay in one job for long.

The story has gone viral on the Internet, with commentators ridiculing what they say is blatant employment discrimination.

This is not the first time that unusual job requirements have sparked controversy in China. State media reported in 2004 that one of the requirements for women applying to join the civil service in the central province of Hunan was for their "two breasts to be symmetrical."

It is unclear why this was required, but news reports quoted local officials as saying the rule would soon be abolished, adding that no candidate had been rejected for that reason.

Women seeking employment in foreign countries

Recently Dammam Police has arrested a Saudi aged about 40 years who pretented to be a civil service employee and deceived a large number of women who applied to the Ministry of Civil Service for jobs with the aim of swindling and blackmailing them.

This need not be a single incident. Women workers are facing many issues like non-payment of salaries, long working hours, inadequate living condition, physical harassment, refusal of leave, etc.

India Government has tightened immigration rules for women seeking employment in labour- intensive Gulf region to protect them from harrasment and exploitation. Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said in Rajya Sabha that government has taken a series of measures to protect interest of women including imposing age restriction of 30 years for allowing them to go to the Gulf region and some other countries for employment under ECR (Emigration Check Required) category.

Ravi said his ministry has also made it mandatory for attestation of employment contract of women under ECR category by Indian missions. The missions will also have to identify the foreign employer before allowing any woman to go the region for work. As per the guidelines of the ministry, a pre-paid mobile phone will have to be given to every household worker by the employer. "If the foreign employer recruits the worker directly, he is required to deposit a security of USD 2,500 (Rs 1.3 lakh) with the Indian Mission," said Ravi.

As per the rules, ECR clearance is mandatory for undergraduates seeking overseas employment in 17 countries. The countries where ECR is mandatory include United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Brunei, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon and Thailand.

The Various Careers Within Driving

If you are looking for a new career then one industry you might like to consider is driving. There is a massive range of driving jobs available right across the country and there are even some international opportunities available, depending on the kind of driving work you get into.

It’s worth bearing in mind that some driving jobs require you to have a special license and so some training may be necessary, but as long as you have a regular driving license, you’ll have a good place to start. Read on to find out about some of the most popular careers within driving.

HGV/LGV driver
One of the best known and most popular driving jobs is to be an HGV/LGV driver. For this, you will need to have a special HGV license to prove you know how to handle large articulated lorries and other vehicles. Many companies use HGV drivers so there is a wide range of opportunities; whether you’re looking for jobs in Leeds or anywhere else in the country, you’re more than likely to find quite a lot of HGV/LGV vacancies.

You could also be a courier, who is someone who delivers packages to places. For instance, some companies employ couriers to take important documents to their clients to make sure they stay safe. Couriers often drive motorbikes as this allows for greater manoeuvrability when driving through a busy area, but cars and vans are also used depending on the type of deliveries you’re asked to do.

Being a chauffeur is another popular driving job. If you look for driving jobs in London, you could find yourself driving people to parties in nice cars or even ferrying about the rich and famous. Some people also have personal drivers, so you might look into the possibilities in that area. Linked to this is being a taxi driver; arguably this is one the most popular driving jobs of all as from black cabs to minicabs, there is a high level of demand for taxis right across the country.

Removals is another common area to look for a driving career; many companies base their entire business around the idea of removals. Often this involves house removals; collecting possessions from one house and delivering them to another when someone is moving. It could also involve transferring items into storage or getting involved in deliveries for retail companies.

Whichever driving job you get into, there are plenty of career opportunities so it’s certainly a worthwhile sector to investigate when you’re searching for a job.

Working Beyond Retirement in Singapore

The Retirement Age (RA) Act covers all employees who are Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents, including those in managerial, professional and executive positions.

The minimum age of retirement is 62 years.

An employer can continue employing a worker beyond age 62. The RA Act only prescribes the retirement age whereby employers can retire their employees without contravening the Act.

The Act does not legislate compulsory retirement; neither does it prohibit an employee from continuing employment beyond the statutory retirement age.

Employees above age 62 are not covered by the RA Act, regardless of whether they are employed on a contract or tenure basis. Thus, any extensions in an employee's employment beyond age 62 will be based on mutual agreement between the employer and employee.

Some categories of employees are exempted from the Act's coverage. These include persons employed to work on a specific project for a fixed term. The full list of employees exempted from the Act's coverage can be found under the Retirement Age (Exemption) Notification.

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Earnings and Wages in Singapore (2000 to 2010)


Last updated:15 September 2011 | Source: Derived based on data from Central Provident Fund Board
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Labour Market Report

Passes and Visas in Singapore

Non-residents must hold a valid work pass before they can work in Singapore. Employers who hire foreigners without valid work passes can be prosecuted under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

Enhanced Employment Pass Framework
From 1 January 2012, the qualifying salary for the Q1 Pass will be increased from $2,800 to at least $3,000 for young graduates, while older applicants would have to command a higher salary to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring. The qualifying salary for the P2 Pass will be raised from $4,000 to $4,500. There will be no change in the qualifying salary for P1 Pass which remains at $8,000. Concurrently, educational qualifications requirements will be tightened. For more information, please refer to our press release.

Changes to Work Pass Administrative Fees
From 1 December 2011, administrative fees for most work passes will be increased. For more information, please refer to our press release and FAQs.

Foreigners can perform certain activities in Singapore for short durations without a work pass. Before engaging in these activities, they are required to submit an e-Notification to inform Ministry of Manpower.

Working in Singapore - Employment Agencies

With a population of just under 5 million, Singapore is home to a multicultural local workforce of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races. Sound workplace integration policies and a common working language have made unity and diversity prominent features of its workforce. Many companies here ensure fair working environments that reward individuals based on merit.

Businesses prize the Singapore workforce for its high literacy rate, competency levels, and its ability to bridge Asian and Western cultures. With over 110,000 expatriates and 7,000 multinational companies operating here, global citizens will also feel right at home forging a career in Singapore.

You may search for an Employment Agency here.

Part-time Employment in Singapore

A part-time employee is one who is required to work for only less than 35 hours a week. Part-time employees (except managers, executives, domestic workers and seamen) are also covered under the Employment Act.

A part-time employee's contract of service must specify his/her:
  • Hourly basic rate of pay;
  • Number of working hours for one day or one week;
  • Number of working days for one week or one month; and
  • Hourly gross rate of pay, with the description and amount of each allowance payable separately itemised.
Part-time employees are entitled to one rest day per week if he/she is required to work for at least five days in a week. Moreover, part-time employees should be paid for overtime work. They are entitled to paid public holidays. The public holiday pay should be pro-rated based on the part-time employee's number of hours of work.

All employees covered by the Employment Act are entitled to annual leave. A part-time employee who has completed three months of service is entitled to paid annual leave in proportion to the yearly entitlement of a similar full-time employee, on the basis of his/her working hours.

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Work Permit for Foreign Workers - eServices by Govt of Singapore

Online Declaration of Business Activity
Declare business activity online - applicable to first-time business employers who have not applied for Work Permit or S Pass before.
Internet Foreign Worker Levy Billing System (iFWLB)
View levy bills online.
Application /Validity Status Check via SMS
Check Work Permit application/validity status/last medical date/cancellation date via SMS using your mobile phone.
For electronic submission of your scanned documents to the Work Pass Division. Available 24 hours daily.
Work Permit Online (WPOL) For Business & Employment Agency users
Apply, issue, renew and cancel Work Permits as well as print the 6-monthly Medical Examination Notification Letter for foreign workers.
Online Foreign Worker Address Update
Update addresses of foreign workers online.
Work Permit Validity Check via Work Permit Online (WPOL)
Check Work Permit validity online (e.g.for prospective tenant).
Application Status Check via Work Permit Online (WPOL)
Check Work Permit application status, company's quota and low levy application status online.
Quota Calculator for Work Permits & S Passes
Calculate your quota for Work Permits & S Passes

US Business Employment Dynamics Summary: 1st Quarter 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011    - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that from December 2010 to March 2011 the number of gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments was 6.3 million, a decrease of 671,000 jobs compared to the previous quarter. Over the same period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments fell to 6.1 million, the lowest level since this series began in September 1992.

Firms of all sizes experienced a decrease in gross job gains in the first quarter of 2011. Firms with less than 250 employees had the largest contribution to employment growth. Job gains at expanding establishments fell to 5.2 million in first quarter 2011, a decrease from the previous quarter’s gain of 5.6 million.

Opening establishments gained 1.1 million jobs in first quarter 2011, a decrease from the previous quarter when opening establishments created 1.4 million jobs. This is the smallest number of jobs gained at opening establishments since the series began in September 1992.

Contracting establishments lost 5 million jobs in the first quarter of 2011. This is the smallest number of jobs lost at contracting establishments since the series began in September 1992.

In the first quarter of 2011, closing establishments lost 1.1 million jobs, a decline from the previous quarter. This is the smallest number of jobs lost at closing establishments since the series began in September 1992.

From December 2010 to March 2011, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses in all industry sectors except construction, information, financial activities, retail trade, and transportation and warehousing. This is the fifteenth consecutive quarter of net losses for the information sector.

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US Real Earnings OCTOBER 2011

November 16, 2011 - Real average hourly earnings for all employees rose 0.3 percent from September to October, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This increase stems from a 0.2 percent increase in average hourly earnings and a 0.1 percent decline in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Real average weekly earnings rose 0.3 percent over the month, as a result of the increase in real average hourly earnings combined with the unchanged average workweek.

Real average hourly earnings fell 1.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, from October 2010 to October 2011. An unchanged average workweek combined with the decline in real average hourly earnings resulted in a 1.7 percent decrease in real average weekly earnings during the same period.

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Want to work during visit in Dubai? Get probationary permit

Dubai: Visitors to Dubai who wish to work during their visit visa period have been advised to acquire a probationary work permit first, a news report has said, quoting a senior official.

Counsellor Ali Humaid bin Khatem, Head of the Naturalisation and Residency Prosecution Department in Dubai, appealed to visitors to acquire this permit instead of flouting the Foreigner Entry and Residency Law by working when they are on a visit visa.

"The permit is valid for three months and is available at the Ministry of Labour (MoL) for visitors who find an employer during their stay. However, if they are caught working while here on visit visas, they would be jailed and fined," Bin Khatem told Khaleej Times.

The penalty could be a one-month jail term or a fine of 1,000 dirhams. Deportation is compulsory in such cases.

"The MoL organises regular and impromptu inspection visits to establishments to check on the companies' compliance with the labour laws and the Foreigner Entry and Residency Law," he said.

Bin Khatem also advised residents who have pending labour cases against their sponsoring employer at the Labour Court to acquire an approval from the Labour Court if they want to work elsewhere.

The ignorance of laws would not spare the violators from being held legally accountable. "Regulations and laws should not be crossed and ignored, whatever be the reason.

Breaching laws entails jail terms and deportation," Bin Khatem warned. He also urged private sector workers to get familiar with the Foreigner Entry and Residency Law to avoid committing violations, even if they are not intentional.

US Job Openings and Labor Turnover – Sept 2011

There were 3.4 million job openings on the last business day of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The hires rate (3.2 percent) and separations rate (3.2 percent) were little changed over the month. The job openings rate has trended upward since the end of the recession in June 2009 (as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research). This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the nonfarm sector by industry and by geographic region.

Large numbers of hires and separations occur every month. Over the 12 months ending in September 2011, hires totaled 48.3 million and separations totaled 47.0 million, yielding a net employment gain of 1.3 million based on not seasonally adjusted data. These figures include workers who may have been hired and separated more than once during the year.

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Canada introduces new 'super visa' for families

Montreal: Canadian officials announced a new two-year, multi-entry "super visa" for parents and grandparents of immigrants settled in Canada.

The move came after wait times for sponsorship of "family class" applications had grown to an unwieldy seven years or longer.

"Without taking action, those times will continue to grow, and that is unacceptable," said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in announcing the move yesterday.

"Action must be taken to cut the backlog, reduce the wait times, and ensure that the parents and grandparents program is sustainable over the long run," Kenney said.

The multiple-entry "Parent and Grandparent Super Visa" will be valid for up to 10 years, officials said, and allow applicants to remain in Canada for 24 months before needing seek visa renewal.

The new visas will begin on December 1 and will be issued, "on average, within eight weeks of the application," officials said.

Blanket L US visas for Indians to be issued only from Chennai

New Delhi: The US visa for intra-company transfers, known as 'blanket' L visa, will now be issued only from Chennai and not at four other places-- New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

"Starting December 1, the US Consulate General in Chennai will be the US Mission to India’s sole blanket L category visa acceptance and processing center ("blanket” L visas are issued to managers, executives, or specialized knowledge professionals transferring within their company)," according to a release from the US embassy here Tuesday.

It said companies throughout India will be requested to send blanket L applicants exclusively to Chennai for visa interviews.

The L1B and L1A categories include specialized knowledge professionals, executives and managers transferring to the United States. "This change is in order to streamline the blanket L visa issuance process and is part of the US government’s ongoing effort to provide efficient visa services throughout India. It does not affect the spouses and children of L1 visa holders – they and individual L1B and L1A visa applicants may still be processed at any US Consular section in India," it said.

This centralization affects only the location for processing of L-1 blanket visas and does not change the law or policy for visa processing, the release added.

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