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LABOUR MARKET CONTINUES RECOVERY, NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED DIPS TO 600,900

Employment
The labour market is on a steady path to recovery with the unemployment rate in the country showing a downward trend with only 600,900 persons in November 2022, compared with 602,000 in October 2022, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM). Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 10) said the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%, claiming the positive outlook was because of the development of current economic activities in the country.  “In November 2022, the labour market further strengthened in line with the development of current economic activities. Thus, the labour force situation continued to expand during the month, with an increase in the number of employed persons, while the number of unemployed persons dropped,” he said.

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PROMPT ACTION TO BRING IN FOREIGN WORKERS EASING BOTTLENECKS FACED BY BUSINESSES, SAYS MALAYSIAN EMPLOYERS FEDERATION

Employment
The prompt action to bring 373,459 foreign workers into the country via visa by reference based on employers’ applications from January to Dec 4, 2022 has eased the bottlenecks faced by businesses in their daily operations, and assist them to meet their business requirements. The said figures are part of the overall 403,869 applications received by the Immigration Department. Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman said the assurance given by Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail — that the remaining 30,410 employers’ applications for foreign workers will be processed and be considered for approval within seven working days — is indeed very assuring. “It shows Saifuddin’s seriousness in addressing the issues faced by employers due to shortages of foreign labour.”

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EMPLOYMENT IN SINGAPORE EXPANDS IN Q3 BUT RETRENCHMENTS GO UP, LED BY TECH FIRM LAYOFFS

Employment
The labour market in Singapore continued to improve in the third quarter of this year, but the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) warned of early signs that the momentum was easing in its latest report on Thursday (Dec 15). Retrenchments were also up slightly from the previous quarter, with tech firms laying off more workers. Total employment continued to expand by 75,900 in the third quarter, which was more than the 66,500 in the previous quarter. It is now 1.7 per cent above the 2019 level. The number of non-residents workers increased by 71,100, while resident employment went up by 4,800.

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META STAFF CAME TO SINGAPORE ON EMPLOYMENT PASSES ONLY TO BE RETRENCHED MONTHS LATER
Employment
More than a month after they were laid off, ex-Meta employees who arrived in Singapore on employment passes are scrambling to find jobs to stay in the country.  Two former employees affected in the global cut involving 11,000 Meta staffers told CNA that they came to make a life in Singapore earlier this year, only to be retrenched months later with no resolution in sight in a tough job market.  Advertisement On Nov 9, Meta's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told employees that the Facebook parent was reducing its workforce by 13 per cent, cutting discretionary spending and extending its hiring freeze through the first quarter of next year. When CNA approached Meta for comment last month, a spokesperson declined to say more.

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600 LETTER OF CONSENT HOLDERS IN SINGAPORE MEET THE CURRENT SALARY CRITERIA FOR EMPLOYMENT PASS

Employment
Singapore's Minister for Manpower Dr. Tan See Leng has recently addressed a Parliamentary query on the number of workers with a Letter of Consent employed in jobs with a job scope or salary equivalent to Employment Pass (EP) holders, S Pass holders, and Work Permit holders. For better understanding, since 1 May 2021, Dependant's Pass holders in Singapore have had to obtain a relevant work pass instead of a Letter of Consent (LOC) to work in Singapore. As such, the majority of the LOC holders at present are dependants of Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents who are holding a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or LTVP-Plus, and working on either an LOC or pre-approved LOC (PLOC).

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