Singaporeans’ perception toward economy and job prospects is showing an improvement, recent survey found. Released on Tuesday (Aug 29), the survey conducted by Nielsen noted that consumer’s apprehension over economy eased in the second quarter of 2017.According to the study, while job security and economy stability remained to be major concerns in the country, a significant figure of pessimistic sentiment is declining. 51 percent local respondents involved in the survey are feeling like the country was in recession in the second quarter of this year, down 11 percent from 62 percent who said so in the fourth quarter of 2016.In its latest instalment of Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending, Nielsen survey was conducted in May, covered 63 participant countries, and included 501 respondents from Singapore.The survey also suggested that local acuities toward excellent or good job prospects in the next 12 months have also improved. 36 percent respondents believed that there is good opportunity for employment in the second quarter of 2017, compared to 32 percent in the second quarter of 2016, Straits Times reports.
In an official press release on Tuesday (Sep 5), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) introduced a new work pass card. Set to be issued in stages from Sept 15 this year, the new initiative is designed to make the process of checking foreign worker’s employment status easier.Coming with a QR code in each card, the code can be scanned using a mobile application called SGWorkPass. With this new card, pass holders, employers, and other stakeholders are now able to check the status of the work passes, and other information such as the holder’s occupation and employment.MOM said that up to now, many service providers, premise owners, or other stakeholders rely on the expired date that is printed on the worker’s card to prove their status before entering into a new contract with the pass holder or allowing entry into a premise.