According to the latest economic report by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) published on April 28, the proportion of part-time workers in Singapore have grown by 54% from 2008 to 2014.

“First, the steady rise in the share of part-time workers in the resident workforce, from 6.8% in 2008 to 10.5% in 2014, has lowered average wage levels and economy-wide wage growth…”

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As foreigners on student pass, Permanent Residents and citizens are allowed to work part-time, it is hard to say more Singaporeans are turning to part-time jobs to supplement their income or who are the particular “resident workforce” the MAS is referring to. The MAS did not explain the actual number of part-time jobs taken up and the breakdown between Singaporeans and Permanent Residents taking up part-time jobs. There is also no explanation on the survey method on how did the MAS arrive to their figures. Even in the Manpower Ministry’s annual income report, there is also no wage growth statistic disclosed to keep track of the income growth of part-time workers.

It is very hard to draw conclusions like saying more Singaporeans are turning to part time jobs because of the increase in cost of living or that their monthly full time wage is insufficient for maintaining their living standards in Singapore, or if a particular group in Singapore has been overlooked by government policies.The Singapore Government disclose incomplete statistics with dubious surveying methods, which needless to say, to skew public perception and put themselves in a better light. Without accurate and comprehensive statistics, how does the PAP Ministers decide which group should they target their policies at?

The very lack of accurate and complete statistics in Singapore could very well be the cause of problems created by out-of-touch government policies.



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