MOM: Retrenchments Hit 11,350 In H1 2020 – Exceeds Initial Estimations, 2003 SARS Outbreak

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Retrenchments exceeded preliminary estimations, rising to 11,350 within the first half of 2020, revealed the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its newest labour market report.

In response to superior estimates forecast on July 29, there could be 9,920 layoffs within the first half of the yr.

The 11,350 retrenchments in H1 2020 now exceeds the cuts skilled through the extreme acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak. Throughout Sars, there have been 10,120 retrenchments within the first half of 2003.

Nevertheless, this yr’s quantity has but to exceed that of the 2008 International Monetary Disaster, when there have been 12,760 layoffs.

Regardless of the retrenchments, resident unemployment price in June was decrease than anticipated at 3.eight per cent, relative to three.9 per cent in superior estimates.

Complete employment additionally shrank by 103,500 between April and June, in comparison with preliminary estimates of 121,800. In complete, employment shrank by 129,100 within the first half of 2020.

This marks the most important half-yearly discount on report.

S’pore Sees Extra Job Vacancies

There are additionally fewer job vacancies in June, standing at 42,400, down from 46,300 in March.

The variety of unemployed individuals in Singapore exceeds the variety of job vacancies, with the ratio standing at 0.57.

Nevertheless, job vacancies have risen in sectors like monetary companies, wholesale commerce, food-and-beverage companies, administrative and assist companies and public administration and training.

In July, total unemployment rose from 2.four per cent to 2.9 per cent from the final quarter. This marked the very best stage of unemployment in additional than a decade.

On 17 August, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat introduced a S$1 billion Jobs Development Incentive as a part of S$eight billion price of measures to bolster Singapore’s financial system.

In response to Minister Heng, Singapore’s labour market is “more likely to stay weak past 2020” and a post-Covid-19 world “won’t be business-as-usual.”

Featured Picture Credit score: HRM Asia

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