Tag Archives: Training

Type of issue: skills training and costs

Average recruitment cost hit $15,000 in 2015 for first-time Bangladeshi construction workers

After hearing anecdotal reports of ‘agent fees’ in the region of $17,000 or $18,000, Transient Workers Count Two carried out a pilot survey to determine if these were rare cases, or if recruitment costs have risen dramatically. An earlier research report published in 2012, Worse off for working? found that Bangladeshi workers needed to work  Continue Reading »

Foreign workers chained by debt, governments have a moral duty to act

By Kimberley Ng In recent years, Singapore’s slowing economy has meant fewer construction and marine sector jobs for migrant workers. What few might realise is that recruitment costs have risen prohibitively through the same period.  The two are not unrelated: it is a matter of demand for work outstripping supply of jobs. Unfortunately neither the  Continue Reading »

Islam Mahabub, injured, unable to work, fears for his children

Video by Nicole Ng, text by Colin Ng, with contributions by Alex Au For most construction workers like Islam Mahabub, a job here comes at a hefty price. Based on casual reports collected by TWC2 from among the thousands of workers we see each year, the cost of a job can range from $2,000 to as  Continue Reading »

$16,400 – The price of the Singapore dream

By Keani Vonge “Nine lakh fifty thousand,” is what Hassan Raqibul says when we at TWC2 ask him how much he paid for the job in Singapore. That converts to S$16,400. About half of Hassan’s total fee went to a training centre — construction workers must acquire a skills certificate before they can get a  Continue Reading »

In a soft voice, a tale of $10,000

By Jas Talukder Joynal approaches me hesitantly, yet he does not strike me as a man of low self-esteem. Clad in a brightly coloured checkered shirt, with a good trendy fit, he definitely cares about his appearance. His face is one that has not yet been marked with the hardships of life and I am a little  Continue Reading »

More than 5,000 submitted forged certificates between 2012 and 2014

In a blogpost, Manpower minister Lim Swee Say said “Between 2012 and 2014, more than 5,000 foreigners were barred from working in Singapore for life, for submitting forged academic certificates to obtain work passes. “ The main point of the post was to explain how his ministry handles cases of treats forged degrees and those  Continue Reading »

A visit to a skills training centre in Bangladesh

A visit to the Asea Trading International Singapore Skills Centre in Tangail District of Bangladesh began with a conversation with the managing director Mr. Md Anisur Rahman. He proudly boasted that his centre hosts about 100 men at a time offering training in such skills as welding, electrical wiring, waterproofing, pipefitting and installing acoustical ceilings.  Continue Reading »

Convert levy into workers’ deferred savings, suggests Ho Kwon Ping

In a lecture delivered at the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore, on 12 November 2014, Ho Kwon Ping, executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and IPS-Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, made a few proposals with respect to migrant workers in Singapore. The relevant part is here: First, we can perhaps  Continue Reading »

Construction workers will be able to switch to new jobs at end of work permit period

Buried within an announcement about a new minimum percentage of higher-skilled workers in construction firms, the Ministry of Manpower also announced that work permit construction workers will be able to move to new jobs at the end of their work permit periods without first having to go home. This new policy will take effect from  Continue Reading »

Low salary, no overtime and injured, but they like Singapore

By Meera Rajah “Why Singapore?” – Ishwar Singh and Pardeep Kumar appear slightly perplexed as to how to answer this direct question, somewhat aware of the vague implications surrounding it. Ishwar (above, right) has now been in Singapore for five years. Pardeep (above left) has been here for slightly longer. Having arrived in 2007, this  Continue Reading »