Blog #3 Singapore: Helping the migrant workers who pay to get jobs

By December 13, 2020Uncategorized

Immigrants in Singapore have had to pay money to get jobs and they have to pay an agent to who helps find them jobs. The fees for agents can get excessively high which causes the immigrant workers to go into debt. When they get their jobs all the money they earn from their job they have to pay it back to the agent because they got in debt. Singapore-based start-up Sama wants take away the burden of migrant workers with their new job-matching platform. Sama is a registered agency in Singapore, it charges a fee of two months’ salary at the max. Co-founders Nemanja Grujicic and Kirtan Patel are different from the other local agencies because they have the companies paying the fee instead of the worker. Job hunters contact the company via WhatsApp and then put up documents of training certificates, identification and work history. They are given a link to the online platform and match to jobs in Singapore, based on their skills and resume.¬†This platform, that has 1,500 people currently registered, allows workers to also put their salary into a digital wallet, and they can transfer money home instantly.

This issue in Singapore is that Immigrants are having to pay to get jobs which is making them go into debt. All of their earnings from their employment go straight to pay off their debt, which leaves workers with no money to live off of. They’re addressing all the debt immigrants have to unfairly pay off. The article,”Singapore: Helping the migrant workers who pay to get jobs” By Lucy Martin BBC News, Quotes “We believe that workers are more productive when they are working¬† not to avoid debt but to earn more and build a life,” “Would you pay money or even go into debt to get a job?” “The fees quickly add up before the worker sets foot in Singapore. With some monthly salaries as low as $500, debts can take years to pay back.” “Most are from Bangladesh and India, and many toil under a burden of huge debt which they incur from agents who help to arrange the job.” “The charity’s head of communications, Suwen Low, has encountered cases where foreign workers are charged anywhere from $1,100 up to $11,000″

Singapore Has a lot of immigrants and not the best job system for them, It’s a good thing that their are people who can help them though, so they can get jobs without having to pay money for it. They just need to spread the word more so other immigrants can get help getting jobs. They are helping other countries because in the article it states, “Fellow co-founder Nemanja Grujicic said the company is also applying for a licence to operate in Bangladesh and India to reduce workers’ reliance on foreign agents.”

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