Singapore’s total employment grows for 5th straight quarter


The projected slowdown in monetary progress would attainable ease the momentum throughout the labour market in 2023, says the Manpower Ministry.

Singapore’s complete employment grew throughout the fourth quarter of 2022 – the fifth consecutive quarter of improve – even as a result of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) warns of easing momentum throughout the labour market throughout the 12 months ahead.

Consistent with MOM’s advance estimates, full employment – excluding migrant residence workers – rose by 47,400 within the fourth quarter in distinction with 75,900 throughout the earlier quarter.

“Whereas non-resident employment progress nonetheless contributed to lots of the improve, it has moderated from the highs of the final two quarters,” talked about the ministry, together with that the rise in non-resident employment was concentrated in constructing.

Resident employment moreover picked up over the quarter, amid hiring for year-end festivities in sectors resembling retail and meals and beverage suppliers.

For the complete of 2022, full employment grew by an unprecedented 231,700, surpassing its pre-pandemic diploma by 3 per cent, mentioned MOM.

This was largely pushed by non-residents, following the easing of border controls in April 2022 and the backfilling of vacancies in sectors resembling constructing.

Unemployment expenses remained low in December 2022 – at 2 per cent complete – underneath pre-pandemic ranges.

“The tight labour market and monetary restoration in 2022 has led to continued enhancements throughout the unemployment state of affairs, to its pre-pandemic common state,” MOM well-known.

Retrenchments rose throughout the fourth quarter to 3,000, an increase from the sooner quarter’s decide of 1,300.

There have been further retrenchments in electronics, along with information experience and wholesale commerce.

“Retrenchments in numerous sectors had been safe,” talked about MOM.

“Whatever the present rise, the number of retrenchments in 4Q 2022 remained all through the quarterly range seen in 2019. MOM is intently monitoring the state of affairs amid the weakening worldwide monetary outlook.”

For the complete of 2022, the number of retrenchments stood at 6,450, lower than the decide of 8,020 in 2021 and pre-pandemic ranges.

The uncertain worldwide monetary environment, higher inflation, along with geopolitical tensions, will weigh on the labour market going forward, talked about the ministry.

“Whereas hiring sentiments keep optimistic throughout the coming months based mostly totally on agency polls, the projected slowdown in monetary progress in 2023 would attainable ease the momentum of labour market enhancements,” it added.

“With the present uptick in retrenchments, unemployment expenses might also sample higher.”

The 2022 labour market report, which might current further particulars on the roles and employment state of affairs, is predicted to be launched in mid-March.

A masseuse who obtained to know an individual with a delicate psychological incapacity in the midst of her work developed a persona named “Lily” in order to trick the individual into giving her higher than S$39,000.

Seah Bee Leng, a 60-year-old grandmother, deceived the sufferer into giving her the money on 159 occasions between October 2018 and November 2019.

Seah was sentenced to a 12 months’s jail on Tuesday (Jan 31). She pleaded accountable to 2 prices of dishonest and was allowed to begin her jail time interval in February.

The court docket docket heard that Seah was working as a masseuse. The sufferer, whose determine and age had been redacted from court docket docket paperwork, was an office attendant.

He first obtained to know Seah at her therapeutic therapeutic massage parlour at Pearl Coronary heart.

He later went to her new therapeutic therapeutic massage parlour at People’s Park Centre for massages. He knew Seah as “Jojo” and had a delicate psychological incapacity, with an IQ throughout the range of fifty to 70.

In October 2018, Seah known as the sufferer and claimed to be a woman named “Lily”.

She claimed to be Seah’s pal and talked about Seah’s mother had handed away and Seah wished money.

The sufferer did not confirm with Seah about this matter, and transferred a sum of money to a checking account.

Over time, the sufferer turned romantically interested in Lily and communicated collectively together with her over calls and WhatsApp messages.

Seah posed as Lily and requested the sufferer for money beneath quite a few pretexts. She pretended to be a divorcee with a 10-year-old daughter.

She had added the daughter into the narrative so that the sufferer would not ask to go to Lily at Lily’s home.

She would get the sufferer to change money to quite a few monetary establishment accounts belonging to herself, her boyfriend, or to associates to whom she owed money.

In full, the sufferer transferred S$39,010 over 159 occasions attributable to Seah’s deception.

Seah has made restitution of S$10,000.

The prosecutor requested for 10 to 13 months’ jail for Seah, citing the number of occasions of dishonest and premeditation involved.

Seah’s lawyer talked about the restitution of S$10,000 might be probably the most Seah could improve.

The resolve talked about the court docket docket wanted to think about the “fairly huge sums” cheated.

“What is usually not emphasised in cases like that’s the attainable hardship that the accused has put the sufferer by way of,” talked about District Determine Ronald Gwee. “Of discover on this specific case is the tactic whereby the accused employed to cheat the sufferer.”

He talked about the court docket docket can’t ignore such aggravating parts.

The defence was granted a deferment of the jail time interval for a variety of weeks, for Seah to kind out her points, along with getting any individual to handle her grandchildren.


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