Cut foreigners in construction: What about IT? Save them from extinction!

BCA: Cut foreign workers

I refer to the article “BCA seeks to cut number of foreign workers” (Straits Times, May 29).

It states that “The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) wants the industry to do more with less, and plans to slash the number of foreign workers by nearly a third by 2020.

About 300,000 foreign workers are employed in the construction sector. “We aim to do that – to cut it down by 20 to 30 per cent… Whoever is left… will be the higher-skilled workers,” said Dr Keung.

“We want to set our industry on this particular path to the point of no return. We cannot go back to our old ways,” he added.”

1st sector to cut foreigners in a big way

I would like to applaud Dr Keung for what I believe is the first ever major initiative to reduce foreign workers in a sector.

Most rank-and-file construction workers not Sporeans

IT S’poreans worse hit?

As I understand that the bulk of the rank-and-file workers in construction are non-Singaporeans – what is arguably even more urgent is to reduce the foreign workers in the IT sector, as anecdotally Singaporean PMETs are the most affected in this sector.

So much evidence on the plight of S’porean IT PMETs?

To get a greater depth into understanding the plight of IT Singaporean PMETs – I would like to urge you to please take the time to read the following articles analysing the plight of IT Singaporean PMETs:-

PMET IT job posted in jobstreet Indonesia?” (May 15, 2017)

CECA: How many foreign PMETs came since 2005?” (Apr 6, 2017)

IT jobs galore, but highest unemployment rate?” (Dec 6, 2016)

Jobs: Strange data on IT workers, union members?” (Apr 20, 2016)

Aviation jobs: 80% S’poreans – what about other sectors?” (Feb 19, 2016)

Where have all the IT jobs gone to?” (Feb 8, 2016)

IT jobs wiped out by foreigners? (Jul 22, 2014)

India-Singapore CECA: 127 professionals can come for up to a year? (Part 2)” (Mar 11, 2013)

Call to help S’porean IT workers!

Our Singaporean IT PMETs are literally dying – please, please help them!

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Save our IT PMETs from extinction!

Unless the message is loud enough – our S’porean IT PMETs will continue to become and end up as the “job dinosaurs” of our nation!

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

About the Author

Leong
Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.