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Postby slayerk2000 » Thu, 19 May 2011 3:26 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Not too many. We are in the middle of an industrial estate in the devil's triangle between Clementi, Jurong East & Bukit Batok. Additionally, it's very dark there so most are afraid to leave late in the evenings out of fear. Lot's of dormitories around there, so if their are female, they are hesitant to say the least. And, the salary is S Pass level only due to the nature/bottom line of the Industry as well. If they do come, they only last a couple of months and then disappear or ensure that they leave before having to give a full weeks notice.

So basically the company is stuck between 'unable to hire foreigners, yet no Singaporean will work there'?

This reminds me of a story back home of a Chinese distributor who couldn't get permits for an industry which was so blatantly in need of them. They needed Chinese speaking staff as the Chinese restaurant trade was made up of old school Asians who spoke no English. Since language is not considered a 'neccessary' skill with the Ministrty, no permits were given. Obviously, there weren't enough locals who spoke Chinese and of those that could, none would work in the low level industry!

Chances of a successful appeal with MOM for your staff?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 19 May 2011 5:33 pm

After a 4 hour Interview/Survey with MOM on Monday, I later managed to get one in and the other no. The one in was my accountant (Burmese) and the one out was a Field service technician (Indian). You can see the writing on the wall without a crystal ball. Will try one last time in his original company probably tomorrow as the CPF will be credited with a new month and hopefully, the quota will move just far enough to allow him to get in (unless even with quota, he's still rejected on criteria). We don't know if they have a set a parameters for rejection yet, e.g., if insufficient quota, will it be rejected on quota alone before being rejected on criteria. So there is a good possibility even if I have quota, there might still be a rejection based on criteria following as he's already been rejected at two of our other companies on criteria.


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Postby Tigerslayer » Fri, 20 May 2011 1:10 am

I got my Q1 pass renewed this week which was a bit of a relief since I was also a little concerned by current sentiment expressed over the election period.

I dont really have many qualifications but I have experience in a niche market which helps. I would consider myself towards the pretty low end of FT so would hope that this is at least a little reassuring for others with impending renewals.

I'm sure for most, this process will remain a formality since Singapore still relies on foreign investment from foreign companies which have been attracted to Singapore in part by the fairly relaxed immigration policies.

It would be an amzing risk to tighten these policies too much.

None-the-less Good Luck to everyone else going through their renewal process :)

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