Very strange: Jobs growth – 98% PMETs, 2% non-PMETs?


Only PMETs matter in Singapore?

After writing “PMET jobs grew 105,000: 90,859 new PRs & 58,828 new citizens?” (Sep 29) – upon further analysis – I realised that the cited jobs growth statistics look a bit strange.

I added the total local jobs growth using data from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), from 2014 to 2016 – and the figure came up to 107,400.

Since the cited local PMETs jobs growth for the same three-year period was 105,000 – does it mean that the local non-PMET jobs growth was only 2,400 (107,400 – 105,000) or just 2.2 per cent (2,400 divided by 107,400) of the total local jobs growth?

Or could it be that some non-PMET jobs were reclassified as PMET jobs?

Leong Sze Hian

About the Author

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.