24 Feb '12, 9am

ISS has 4,000 cleaners in Singapore. Half are Singaporeans and most of them are 50 and older.

ISS has 4,000 cleaners in Singapore. Half are Singaporeans and most of them are 50 and older.

EMPLOYERS welcome the new government scheme that subsidises the hiring of older workers, saying it will help ease rising business costs. But the wage subsidy does not ameliorate the larger problem, which is the scarcity of older workers with the relevant skills in the current tight labour market. The shortage is especially acute in such labour-intensive sectors as manufacturing and retail where workers are expected to be physically fit or agile, said 10 employers interviewed yesterday about the upcoming Special Employment Credit (SEC) scheme. PestBusters, for instance, tried hiring about five seniors in the last three years, but they 'came in for two training sessions and gave up', said its chief executive Thomas Fernandez. Automation is out of the question as 'no robot will come and catch cockroaches for you'. 'We have to rely on human beings and they got to be agile and ...

Full article: http://jobs.st701.com/career-resources/hr-updates/subsidy...

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