Targeted Assistance for Unemployed PMETs

Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs) who have been out of work for six months or more will receive more targeted assistance in seeking employment via smaller job fairs said Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say yesterday (17 Mar).
The objective of this initiative is to assist unemployed PMETs find employment sooner as well as keep the long-term unemployment rate low. It will also see workers receiving personalised guidance from career coaches and employers who are willing to hire and train even if they should lack experience in a particular sector. 

“Don’t keep looking for so-called plug-and-play kind of workers. Don’t keep looking for workers who can fit into your job 100 per cent,” said Mr Lim. 
He also stressed that the quality of jobs matters as well and said “moving forward, the quality of jobs is a factor that is going to determine whether we are able to overcome this potential stickiness in our unemployment rate.”
Workforce Singapore and the Employment and Employability Institute brought together more than 20 employers prepared to hire unemployed PMETs in a small-scale one-day job fair yesterday. 260 jobs, each paying at least $3,600 per month were available.
Mr Lim's comments followed the report released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Wednesday detailing how PMETs were the hardest hit by the uncertain job market
Other moves introduced by MOM include providing training allowances of up to $4,000 monthly for those attending training attachments, and offering higher wage subsidies to employers willing to hire PMETs aged 40 and above and have been unemployed for over a year under the Career Support Programme (CSP). Further, to allow smaller firms to join this programme, the minimum salary of eligible workers will also be lowered from $4,000 to $3,600 monthly. These enhanced measures allow more workers to qualify for schemes such as the CSP and increase in jobs offered at the fair. 
Source: “More targeted help on the way for jobless PMETs”, (The Straits Times, 18 March 2017)

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