STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE’RE STILL AT THE BOTTOM

Written by Ashley Koh

A survey conducted by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership found that 70, or 4.31% out of 1626 Singaporean workers surveyed were severely underemployed, earning less than $2000 from their full-time jobs. Underemployment occurs when highly skilled workers are employed in low paying or skilled jobs. Mainly coming from health and social services, financial services, transport and education sectors, the ‘poor graduates’ are mainly female (63%) with a median age of 35 who hold 10-15 years of work experience. While these ‘poor graduates’ are just as receptive and motivated as their counterparts to better themselves and pursue high career opportunities, some are held back by physical limitations and lack of knowledge over available support schemes advancing their skill level

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