10 jobs that S’poreans tend to shun

Hey I used to work as number 3, but anyway I am not Singaporean, so its ok , this is written towards Singaporean, as they dont want this lousy low paying jobs, only we third world country monkeys

10 jobs that S’poreans tend to shun

By Nur Dianah Suhaimi, Teo Wan Gek & Estelle Low

Surely a job paying more than $1,000 will find ready takers,
especially in these difficult times? Not always true – Singaporeans are
shunning certain jobs. A Sunday Times check found 10 jobs that pay more
than $1,000 which locals, even jobless ones, are reluctant to take up.

1 Bus driver

Salary: $1,700 to $3,500

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Long and irregular hours, dealing with difficult commuters

Said Ms Tammy Tan, spokesman for SBS Transit: ‘It is a challenge
attracting Singaporeans to join us as Bus Captains. This is despite our
various efforts over the years to promote the profession.’

2 Telemarketer

Salary: $800 to $1,000 plus commissions

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Lots of patience and perseverance required

Said Ms Jessica Goh, project manager of Plugworkz, a call centre:
‘It is tough to get locals. Not all can take the hardship. Some even go
missing after we have trained them.’

3 Customer service officer

Salary: $1,000 to $2,000

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Requires dealing with rude and angry customers on a daily basis; night shift too

Said Mr Adrian Tan, managing director of HR consultancy Recruit
Plus: ‘This has always been one of the harder positions to fill. Nobody
wants to be a punching bag.’

4 Security guard

Salary: $1,200 to $1,300

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Requires 12-hour shifts

Said Mr Raja Muthi, executive officer at King’s Security: ‘Some quit
after one day because they can’t take the long working hours.

‘There’s an image problem too. People think it’s for the uneducated, and that we are just watchdogs. It’s not a glamorous job.’

 

5 Retail assistant

Salary: $1,000 to $1,800

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Being constantly on one’s feet

Said Ms Mary Lin, director of Glitter Glam: ‘It is still hard to
recruit, but the recession has made people less fussy. Before, we had
people who fixed the interview but did not turn up.’

6 Warehouse assistant

Salary: $900 to $1,400

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Warehouses are often in outlying areas, such as Tuas. Many locals are picky about location and working hours

Said Ms C. Loh, manager at a recruitment agency: ‘Locals shun such
jobs because the warehouse is located, say, at Jurong East or they have
to work 12-hour shifts.’

7 Delivery driver

Salary: $1,400 to $1,600

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Dislike carrying heavy loads

Said Ms Shandy Tan, manager at Sim Lian Construction: ‘We have
labourers who are supposed to carry the material, but if the driver can
help to carry some, it would make the work faster. We get many calls
asking if they have to carry the stuff.’

8 Waitress

Salary: $1,800 onwards excluding tips

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Requires long hours on a night shift, including serving rowdy and drunk customers

Said Mr K. Lim, manager of a karaoke lounge in Lavender: ‘My workers
can get tips that are double their basic salary, but they are mostly
work permit holders from China and Malaysia.’

9 Masseuse

Salary: $1,000 onwards, depending on experience

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Social stigma, and dealing with sticky or smelly bodies

Said Mr W.T. Chua, owner of a spa in Bedok: ‘It is quite difficult
to hire locals, who think that being a masseuse is not respectable.
It’s a matter of perception.’

10 Foot reflexologist

Salary: $1,000 onwards, depending on experience

Why Singaporeans shun the job: Touching others’ feet is considered degrading

Said Ms Ang May Lin, senior therapist at a spa which has saunas in
the Orchard area: ‘Locals prefer to work in an air-con environment and
be faced with pleasant things. They think they’re too high-class.’

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