Jobs, Businesses, and The Economy

 
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PREVALENCE OF CASES OF FIRMS UNDERPAYING FOREIGN STAFF

2 February 2021

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap asked the Minister for Manpower in each year of the the past five years, how many cases of firms underpaying its foreign staff have been detected

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REGULATIONS PROTECTING RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AT WORKPLACE

2 February 2021

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Manpower (a) whether there are any regulations specifically protecting the rights of people with disabilities at the workplace; (b) if so, how many complaints have been filed with the Ministry pertaining to violations of these regulations in the past five years; and (c) whether the Ministry has plans to strengthen regulations to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities at the workplace.

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IMPACT ON JOBS AND TRADES WITH SHIFT AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUEL AND TRADITIONAL AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES

2 February 2021

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Trade and Industry given the shift to low and zero emissions mobility (a) what is the estimated impact on jobs and trades in the fossil fuel and traditional automotive industries; and (b) what steps is the Ministry taking now to ensure that there will not be a shortage of skilled electrical engineers and workers when the economy transitions to such vehicles.

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DEFAULTS BY BORROWERS ON ENTERPRISE SINGAPORE-SUPPORTED LOANS INTRODUCED IN 2020

2 February 2021

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Trade and Industry whether any borrowers have defaulted on Enterprise Singapore-supported loans that have been introduced in 2020 and, if so, how many cases have there been.

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PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE WORK SCHEDULE FOR A DAY OFF AFTER WORKING EXTRA HOUR EVERY DAY FOR NINE DAYS

2 February 2021

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Manpower whether the Government will consider instituting an Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) where employees that work an extra hour every day for a nine-day period will be able to claim the 10th day off.

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AVERAGE LENGTH OF TENANCY FOR EATERIES AT HDB ESTATES

1 February 2021

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap asked the Minister for National Development (a) what is the average tenancy term of a HDB eating house; (b) how many eating houses have been tendered under the Price Quality Method to date; and (c) whether HDB keeps track of rent for individual stallholders with the operators of eating houses to ensure that the terms of the agreement between HDB and the operators are adhered to.

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PRE-EMPTIVE INTERVENTIONS BY COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION OF SINGAPORE AGAINST ANTI-COMPETITIVE MERGERS IN RIDE HAILING INDUSTRY

1 February 2021

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Trade and Industry what are the pre-emptive interventions that the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore is taking to ensure that anti-competitive mergers do not recur in the ride hailing industry in Singapore to the detriment of consumers and drivers.

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BREAKDOWN OF BUSINESSES TAKING ON RE-ALIGN FRAMEWORK TO TERMINATE EXISTING RENTAL CONTRACTS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

1 February 2021

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Law (a) how many businesses have taken on the Re-Align Framework in order to terminate their existing rental contracts ahead of schedule; (b) what are the categories that these contracts fall under; and (c) within non-residential immovable property, what is the square footage of the property sub-sectors affected.

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UPDATES TO WORK-FROM-HOME ADVISORY IN PHASE THREE OF RE-OPENING

1 February 2021

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Manpower with the start of Phase Three of Re-opening (a) what is the maximum proportion of employees who are able to work from home allowed at the workplace at any point in time; (b) whether work-from-home remains the default mode of working; and (c) whether the Ministry will allow employees who are able to work from home the right to do so for a specified proportion of workplace hours in Phase Three and beyond.

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CLASSIFYING MONEYCHANGING BUSINESS AS TIER 1 SECTOR UNDER TRAVEL AND TOURISM

5 January 2021

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance with regard to the Government’s classification of travel and tourism as Tier 1 sectors based on the degree to which the industry has been affected by the COVID-19 situation, whether the Ministry will consider the inclusion of the moneychanging business in the same tier.

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NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS TO TEMPORARILY REDUCE RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY LOAN REPAYMENTS UNDER MAS RELIEF SCHEME

5 January 2021

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Prime Minister how many individuals have applied to temporarily reduce their residential, commercial and industrial property loan repayments under the MAS relief scheme.

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DISCRIMINATION CASES DEALT WITH BY TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE FOR FAIR AND PROGRESSIVE EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

5 January 2021

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap asked the Minister for Manpower (a) in 2020, what is the number of discrimination cases that the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) has investigated; (b) how many cases are repeat offenders; and (c) how often does the Ministry conduct surveys to track the feelings of discrimination among Singaporean employees.

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RATIONALE FOR SUPPORT THRESHOLD IN JOBS GROWTH INCENTIVE SCHEME

5 January 2021

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Manpower with regard to the Jobs Growth Incentive scheme (a) how does the Ministry derive the support threshold of 50% for mature local hires aged 40 and above; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider increasing this support threshold to 75% to incentivise more employers to hire mature local workers instead of foreign workers.

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IMPROVING DISCLOSURE OBLIGATIONS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE TRANSPARENCY FOR SINGAPORE COMPANIES

4 January 2021

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Prime Minister in light of the report by the Securities Investors Association Singapore and the Centre of Governance, Institution and Organisations at the National University of Singapore Business School, that Singapore companies are less transparent on corporate governance issues as compared to Malaysia and Thailand, what steps will be taken to improve disclosure obligations and transparency in corporate governance for Singapore companies.

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OUTCOMES AND DISBURSALS OF CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY AND CAPABILITY FUND

4 January 2021

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for National Development (a) what are the outcomes of the Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF); (b) what is the amount of funds disbursed to date; (c) what is the productivity growth of the construction sector from 2010 to date; (d) what are the examples of how the Fund has helped these firms to improve their workforce quality; and (e) what lessons are learnt from the 10 years of implementing this Fund.

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AMOUNT DISBURSED UNDER SELF-EMPLOYED RELIEF SCHEME AND FURTHER MEASURES TO HELP SELF-EMPLOYED

4 September 2020

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Manpower whether there will be further assistance for the self-employed beyond the Self-employed Income Relief Scheme (SIRS).

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NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROVISIONS FOR SGUNITED SKILLS PROGRAMMES

3 November 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Education under the SGUnited Skills programme, what provisions have been made to cater for potential applicants who are not conversant in English and whether some of the courses and training schemes can be offered in mother tongue languages.

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SINGAPOREANS EARNING $1,300 OR LESS A MONTH ON TAKE-HOME BASIS

3 November 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Manpower what is the current number of Singaporeans who earn $1,300 or less a month on a take-home basis, excluding employer and employee CPF as well as other deductions of income, for (i) full-time employment and (ii) part-time work or self-employment where their income will be $1,300 per month or less on a take-home basis were it to be extrapolated to full-time equivalent work.

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DATA ON JOBS SUPPORT SCHEME BENEFICIARIES

3 November 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance whether there are statistics pertaining to the ultimate beneficiaries of the Jobs Support Scheme by (i) income quintile (ii) race (iii) educational status and (iv) gender.

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DATA ON JOBS SUPPORT SCHEME BENEFICIARIES

3 November 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance to date, what is (i) the total amount of funds disbursed and (ii) the total number of workers benefiting from the Jobs Support Scheme, with a breakdown of both numbers by industry sector.

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HELPING TRADE ASSOCIATIONS, CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES TO RUN CAREER EVENTS TO PROVIDE CAREER ADVICE AND ONLINE RESOURCES FOR JOBSEEKERS

3 November 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Manpower how does the Ministry work with trade associations, chambers of commerce and professional bodies to run career events, provide career advice and produce online career resources to support job seekers within their respective professions in their job-seeking efforts.

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RATIONALE FOR SHAREHOLDING THRESHOLD TO QUALIFY SMES FOR GRANTS

2 November 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) why a threshold of 30% local shareholding was set for qualifying SMEs for grants such as the Productivity Solutions Grant and Enterprise Development Grant; and (b) whether there are periodic reviews to this shareholding threshold.

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NUMBER OF JOBSEEKERS WHO SOUGHT ASSISTANCE AT SGUNITED JOBS AND SKILLS CENTRES SINCE INCEPTION AND THEIR SUCCESS RATE AND PROFILE

2 November 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Manpower since the inception of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Centres (a) how many jobseekers have sought assistance with the centres; and (b) how many have been successfully placed with jobs, with a breakdown of jobseekers' highest education levels and age groups.

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INVESTIGATIONS INTO COMPLAINTS THAT RETRENCHMENTS DO NOT ADEQUATELY COMPLY WITH ADVISORIES TO RETAIN STRONG SINGAPORE CORE

2 November 2020

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Manpower with regard to retrenchments from April to September 2020 (a) how does the Ministry investigate complaints that the retrenchments did not adequately comply with advisories to retain a strong Singapore Core; (b) what levers does the Government have to intervene in cases where the employer is assessed to have not complied with advisories to maintain a strong Singapore Core; and (c) whether employees who are permanent residents are considered part of the Singapore Core in the Ministry's assessments of retrenchments.

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ABUSE OF JOBS SUPPORT SCHEME

6 October 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of the employers who have received Jobs Support Scheme payouts (a) what is the number of firms that have conducted a self-review declaration; and (b) what is the number of cases of JSS abuse that have been detected and the range of penalties imposed.

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PROFILE OF EMPLOYEES RETRENCHED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

6 October 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Manpower of the total retrenchments of 11,350 workers in the first half of 2020, (a) what is (i) the number of workers with less than two years' service with the company versus at least two years' service and (ii) the median and range of the retrenchment benefit based on the number of months' of salary for every year of service; and (b) whether a baseline retrenchment benefit can be legislated.

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PROFILE OF EMPLOYEES RETRENCHED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

6 October 2020

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Manpower whether she can clarify how the national guidelines on managing excess manpower and responsible retrenchments and other related policies ensure that Singaporeans are better off compared to permanent residents and non-Singaporeans in terms of job and income security.

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TRANSFER OF SKILLSFUTURE CREDITS BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS

6 October 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Education whether the Government will consider allowing family members to transfer their SkillsFuture Credits to one another so as to promote better utilisation of SkillsFuture credits by those who have greater training needs.

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NUMBER OF WOMEN AMONGST THOSE RETRENCHED IN 2020

5 October 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Manpower of the number of retrenchments in 2020, how many were women.

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PROMOTING GREEN FINANCING AMONGST SMES

5 October 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Prime Minister (a) whether the Government tracks the take-up rate of green financing loans and products for SMEs; and (b) what are the plans to make green financing more accessible to SMEs.

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INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE SUBLETTING OF JTC PREMISES TO 26,000 BUSINESS ENTITIES WITHOUT JTC'S APPROVAL

5 October 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Trade and Industry with regard to the Report of the Auditor-General, wherein it stated that test checks found that JTC premises may have been sublet to about 26,000 business entities without JTC's approval (a) whether JTC has completed investigations into all identified business entities and confirmed cases; and (b) what are the penalties imposed on affected tenants, lessees and sub-lessees.

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PERSUADING GLCS TO PRIORITISE SINGAPOREAN JOBS IN MASS RETRENCHMENT EXERCISES

5 October 2020

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance whether the Government, as a major investor in Government-linked companies, uses its shareholder influence to persuade investee companies to prioritise Singaporean jobs during any mass retrenchment exercise.

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ACTIONS TO CORRECT LAPSES IN ADMINISTRATION OF ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT GRANT

5 October 2020

Mr Pritam Singh asked the Minister for Trade and Industry in view of the Auditor-General's Report for FY 2019/2020 (a) how many companies have received the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) so far; (b) what action will Enterprise Singapore (ESG) undertake to ensure strict compliance to the minimum 30% local shareholding criterion for all future cases; and (c) whether ESG claws back grant monies from recipient companies as a matter of practice when there a substantial change in local shareholding before an EDG-funded project is completed.

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EFFECTIVENESS OF PROFESSIONAL CONVERSION PROGRAMME

5 October 2020

Mr Pritam Singh asked the Minister for Manpower in light of the Auditor-General's Report for FY 2019/2020, (a) whether the Ministry will be undertaking a more wide-scale review of the number of successful career conversions and Professional Conversion Programme outcomes thus far; and (b) what will be the extent of sample checks to be conducted on grant Programme Partners by Workforce Singapore or the Ministry in future.

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SUPPORT FOR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENCIES AND TOURISM-RELATED BUSINESSES AMIDST COVID-19 LULL

5 October 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) how is STB supporting travel agencies to expand their local tour offerings; (b) whether hostels that are licensed under the Hotel Licensing Board qualify as partners for use of the SingapoRediscovers vouchers; and (c) whether STB will extend the period beyond 31 December 2020 for the 90% reduction of the minimum financial requirement for travel agents to keep their licences.

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CONDITIONS ON FOREIGN COMPANIES TO DEVELOP SINGAPORE EMPLOYEES

4 January 2021

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) what specific conditions are imposed on foreign companies which receive tax incentives to invest in Singapore to develop their Singaporean employees; and (b) whether the Government tracks the growth of the Singaporean Core of such companies over time.

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DEVELOPMENTS ON FAIR CONSIDERATION FRAMEWORK AND MEASURES ON DISCRIMINATORY HIRING PRACTICES

4 September 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Manpower whether she can provide an update on the latest tripartite discussions relating to fair employment practices, in particular discriminatory hiring and human resource practices, including nationality, race, age and religious-based discrimination.

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UPDATES ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND RETRENCHMENT NUMBERS AND ADOPTION OF SCHEMES SUCH AS SGUNITED TRAINEESHIPS

4 September 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Manpower how many Singaporeans have (i) been retrenched this year (ii) been placed on unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 situation and (iii) had their pay reduced by more than 50% since the start of the circuit breaker period.


Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Manpower (a) what is being done to ensure that companies do not misuse the SGUnited Traineeships Programme and SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme to fulfil their manpower requirements; and (b) whether companies that have recently retrenched their workers are allowed to hire under the these traineeship programmes.

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TAKE-UP AND SPLIT OF LOAN CAPITAL SMES AND LARGE FIRMS, INTEREST RATES PAID BY BANKS AND EXPECTED REPAYMENT PERIOD FOR BANKS

4 September 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance (a) to date, how many companies have taken up loans that are backed by the $22 billion loan capital set aside as part of the Government's COVID-19 package; (b) what is the split of loan capital taken up by SMEs and large firms; (c) what is the interest rate that is paid by the banks for tapping on this loan capital; and (d) what is the expected repayment period for banks tapping on the loan capital that is set aside.

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EMPLOYMENT RATE AND REDUNDANCY RATE OF JOBS SUPPORT SCHEME RECIPIENT FIRMS IN MARCH 2020 VERSUS CURRENTLY

4 September 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Manpower (a) what is the employment rate for Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) recipient firms in March 2020 versus currently; (b) whether the redundancy rate of the JSS recipient firms has increased and, if so, by how much; and (c) what is the unemployment or redundancy rate among firms that are recipients of JSS versus those that have declined the JSS payouts.

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SINGAPOREANS EMPLOYED IN FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR

4 September 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Prime Minister (a) what is the current number and percentage of Singaporeans in senior management roles at non-retail banks; (b) how has the number and percentage of Singaporeans across the entire finance sector changed over the last ten years; and (c) what is the monthly salary of the 25th percentile, median and 75th percentile of Singaporeans, permanent residents and foreigners respectively across the sector's workforce.

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DATA ON EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED BY JOBS SUPPORT SCHEME

4 September 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance (a) to date, what is the total number of employees supported by the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) with breakdowns according to (i) SMEs and non-SMEs respectively and (ii) employers' aggregate revenues of less than $10 million, between $10-100 million, between $100-$250 million and more than $250 million respectively; (b) what is the total dollar quantum of JSS payouts granted to companies with breakdowns according to (i) SMEs and non-SMEs respectively; and (ii) employers' aggregate revenues of less than $10 million, between $10-100 million, between $100-$250 million and more than $250 million respectively; and (c) what is the total number of employees supported by JSS and total dollar quantum of JSS payouts granted to companies that do not experience a fall in aggregate revenues in the first half of 2020.

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FIRMS UNDER FAIR CONSIDERATION FRAMEWORK WATCHLIST

4 September 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Manpower (a) what is the current number of firms under the Fair Consideration Framework watchlist; and (b) whether the Ministry will (i) disclose the names of firms that continue to be on the Fair Consideration Framework watchlist for more than six months and (ii) consider withdrawing these firms' access to Government grants and tax incentive schemes.