Foreigner with the same qualifications as a local expects less than $2000 minimum salary compared to local’s $3000 for same PMET job

Foreigner with the same qualifications as a local expects less than $2000 minimum salary compared to local’s $3000 for same PMET job

The Independent·2017-12-14 17:50

A quick search on job portal Jobstreet shows a troubling trend impacting prospective jobs for Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs) where foreign job applicants with a bachelor’s degree ask for a minimum salary of around $1875 compared to the minimum salary of at least $3000 locals with the same qualifications expect for the same job.

A job listingfor a senior executive at a Singapore-based shipping company helps to illustrate this trend. The company has advertised for an Accounting Receivables Supervisor – a position that has attracted applications from 119 local applicants and 45 foreign applicants so far.

The comparison of local and foreign applicants for this job listing shows that the lowest expected salary for a local applicant with a bachelor’s degree is $3000. This applicant, an audit executive, has 6 years professional experience. Meanwhile, the lowest expected salary a foreign applicant with a bachelor’s degree has listed for the same job is PHP 70,000 – or S$1875. This applicant is a customer service team leader with eight years experience.

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