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Active hiring to continue till December

Active hiring to continue till December

05:55 AM Sep 07, 2010

SINGAPORE - It is still a job seeker's market in Singapore in the months ahead.

According to a quarterly survey by staffing consultancy Manpower Singapore, the active pace of hiring is expected to continue from next month to December, with the net employment outlook remaining unchanged for the second consecutive quarter at a seasonally-adjusted +23 per cent.

The figure is derived by subtracting the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in headcount from the percentage of employers expecting an increase.

Of the 699 employers interviewed across seven industry sectors here, 25 per cent expect an increase in headcount, 3 per cent anticipate a fall, while 70 per cent foresee no change to their workforce.

While employers reported the same outlook when compared to the previous quarter, hiring prospects have improved by 8 percentage points compared to the fourth quarter of last year.

Said Manpower Singapore country manager Peter Haglund: "Current levels of employer optimism may be more sustainable than the survey results that peaked above +50 per cent in 2007 and early 2008."

With employers in all seven industries forecasting a positive headcount growth for the fourth quarter, the public administration and education sector reported the strongest hiring prospects, with a net employment outlook of +29 per cent. This was a 3-percentage-point increase from the previous quarter.

Compared to the previous quarter, the wholesale trade and retail trade sector outlook improved by 13 percentage points, to +27 per cent. The employment outlook in the transportation and utilities sector declined by 16 percentage points, to +7 per cent, while employers reported a 10-percentage-point decline in the Services sector to +17 per cent.

A steady hiring pace is anticipated by employers in the mining and construction sector, as well as in the finance, insurance and real estate sector.

Still, these hiring intentions were stronger as compared to the fourth quarter of last year, the survey noted.

Mr Haglund said hiring expectations in the service industry have declined for three successive quarters, and "it will be interesting to see how this develops" in the first three months of next year.


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Re: Active hiring to continue till December

From the heartlands to the IR
The unemployed and retirees among those who take advantage of the free shuttle rides
by Venessa Lee 05:55 AM Sep 09, 2010
SINGAPORE - When Mr Eric Foo goes to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), he sometimes takes along packets of Maggi Mee.

The unemployed odd job worker says he doesn't go there to gamble at the casino; he doesn't dare to. He takes the free shuttle bus service provided by the integrated resort to and from several heartland estates. He spends only a couple of dollars each visit. Sometimes, he heads to Palawan Beach, where he buys a cup of kopi and some hot water to cook his instant noodles.

In the five days that this reporter took the free shuttle buses, I met Mr Foo five times. Asked why he spent so much time hanging out at the glitzy IR - whose attractions, eateries, shops and casino seemed beyond his ability to afford - the 46-year-old said in Mandarin: "It's very quiet. I can reflect on things, such as what kind of work I can find today. The bus is also free."

Since the IR launched the free shuttles in June, hundreds of passengers - gamblers and non-gamblers alike - have been taking the buses to and from the Singapore heartlands every day.

Buses that run daily from 10am, at half-hourly or hourly intervals, service Tiong Bahru, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Jurong East, Tampines, Choa Chu Kang/Bukit Panjang and Bedok. Other shuttles run on weekends and at night on weekdays from Queensway, Holland Village and Buona Vista MRT station, as well as Redhill, Ikea and Bukit Merah.

Mr Foo is not the only down-and-out person to take advantage of the free rides.

Of the 23 passengers I spoke to completely at random over the five days, nine were out of work; and of these, three said they were headed for the gambling tables.

The passengers I saw included retirees, foreign workers, couples, families and tourists. Of those I asked, 10 were there for the casino; 13 said they did not plan to gamble, or were there just for a casual "look-see" at RWS' dining and leisure facilities.


Among the group of regular gamblers was one unemployed mechanic in his 50s, who only wanted to be known as Mr Ng. Speaking in Mandarin, like many of those I interviewed, he told me he visited the casino "six times a week".

"I don't want to let my children know about this. My wife doesn't know," said Mr Ng, who said he had paid the $2,000 annual fee for entry to the casino.

He seemed sanguine about the risks of his habit. These days, he has a calmer, "play what you can afford to lose" approach, compared to when he was in his 20s and often gambled away his salary, he said.

Another gambler I spoke to was a 70-year-old cleaner, identified just as Mrs Lim, who started gambling when she was in her 50s.

She had been to the RWS casino before, but this was the first time she was taking advantage of the free bus ride.

She too had paid the $2,000 annual entry levy and had so far lost "more than $10,000" at the casino. How did she find the money to gamble? "Don't ever owe money," she said, noting she had never gone to loansharks. "If you don't have money, go to a pawnshop."

It wasn't just the thrill of the dice that hooked casino visitors. Mr Eddie Khoo, 25, a Malaysian working here as a bus driver, said he sometimes goes to the casino as food like bak kut teh is, at a few dollars, relatively cheap. (As a foreigner, he doesn't have to pay the $100 entry levy.)


Many shuttle bus passengers appeared to be simply casual visitors curious to see what all the fuss about the $6.6-billion IR was all about.

Feedback and the lingering perception that Sentosa was "too far and too inaccessible" was what had led the IR to start the transport service, said RWS' assistant director of communications Robin Goh.

Retiree Mdm Phua, a non-gambler who just wanted to see the IR, said: "Honestly, if there were no free bus, I wouldn't come. We retirees sometimes stay a while, then move on to other places."

One interesting effect of the free rides is that a small group of unemployed people, as well as other heartlanders who might not normally hang out at an IR, have become some of its most regular visitors, despite being non-gamblers.

Mr Low Wing Yeong, 82, a part-time cleaner, said he took the shuttle service every day and often took along his own food to Sentosa, to pass the time.

Then there was Mr Foo, who was holding a Workfare training brochure when I bumped into him.

He had lost his job at a hotel restaurant a few months back, after he contracted a skin condition. He was looking for a temporary position washing dishes, distributing pamphlets or washing cars. Eventually, he hoped, he could take a computer course or train to be a security guard.

He has not stepped inside the casino despite his many visits to RWS. "I'm afraid of being drawn to it. Also, the ($100) entry fee is a little frightening. The people inside are very elegant, they have Mercedes cars ... My appearance wouldn't be acceptable," said the bachelor who was wearing dark trousers, worn track shoes and a short-sleeve shirt.

He does, however, occasionally spends a few dollars on Toto at the betting shop within the IR. Later, we stood around outside the Universal Studios theme park looking in at the bustle inside. We didn't go in; a ticket was $66.

RWS shuttle buses often full
Since launching the free shuttle services three months ago, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has added routes and increased the frequency of services such as to Tampines and Ang Mo Kio.

Some are extremely popular routes, "with buses frequently running on full even on weekdays", said RWS spokesman Robin Goh. The IR also runs buses to and from hotels in the Marina and Orchard zones, as well as the CBD.

The idea of the free service was to give guests convenient and "cost-effective" access to RWS' attractions, shows and restaurants. And the range of passengers taking advantage of this has been diverse said, Mr Goh - from families and teenagers heading to the theme park, to overseas visitors, couples "and young executives here for after-work drinks".

The more popular services are the morning buses from neighbourhood areas, lunchtime buses from the CBD, and evening buses back to the heartland estates.

The IR plans to add new routes where there is demand.

wtf added 1 Minutes and 30 Seconds later...

wah piang the job still ended up to FT(Foreign Talent).
100k of its is coming in died liao no more job for singaporean
company won't consider singaporean

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