Data shows for every 1 foreign PMET added, about 3 more S'poreans PMET hired

Jul 09, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership

Data provided by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to Pioneer SMC MP Patrick Tay showed that the total number of Professional, Managerial, Executive & Technical (PMET) jobs in Singapore had grown from 1.25 million in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2019, adding that for every 1 foreign PMET hired, about 3 more Singaporeans took up PMET roles.

MOM was responding to Tay's request for the annual breakdown of residents and non-residents data working in PMET roles for the past decade.

Tay, who is also an assistant secretary-general of NTUC, had requested the data in a Facebook post in September 2020.

23.7 percent of PMET roles in 2019 went to foreigners, up from 17.7 per cent in 2011

Of the 1.7 million workers in PMET roles in 2019, 61.7 per cent were Singapore citizens, 14.6 per cent were Singapore PRs and 23.7 per cent were foreigners.

In comparison to a decade ago, 64.2 per cent of PMET roles went to Singapore citizens, 18.1 per cent to Singapore PRs, and 17.7 per cent to foreigners.

While the number of foreigners taking up PMET roles increased, Singaporeans PMET decreased from 64.2 per cent in 2011 to 61.7 per cent in 2019.

More Singaporeans taking up PMET roles in 2019 compared to a decade ago

According to MOM's data, the overall figures for Singaporeans in PMET roles in 2019 decreased by 2.5 per cent.

However, if we look at the data on a granular level between 2011 to 2019, there was an increase of 250,000 Singaporeans in PMET roles, from 802K in June 2010 to 1050K in June 2019.

The data also showed that in the past 5 years (2014-2019), foreigners in PMET roles grow at 10K workers per year, compared to Singaporean PMETs at 32K per year.

The growth in Singaporean PMETs suggests that for every 1 foreign PMET added to the economy, about 3 more Singaporeans took up PMET jobs.

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.