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Help with lowering operating costs tops Malay-Muslim businesses' Budget wish list

MALAY-Muslim businesses are hoping to see, in the upcoming Budget, government support that will help reduce their operating costs, with nearly half the respondents in a recent survey putting this on...

More relief, social protection needed for Singapore's low-wage earners: study

THE household incomes of Singapore's lower-income families fell by an average of 69 per cent amid the pandemic last year, a new study has found, and its researchers are calling for more financial...

Underemployment a bigger issue than unemployment: economists

IF December's data is any indicator, Singapore's labour market appears to be on the mend, but economists warn that underemployment - rather than unemployment - could be the bigger issue this...

Saving jobs in Budget 2021: what and whose jobs to save?

WHILE the government's call to retrain and upskill has been a familiar refrain in recent years, the push to do so is probably about to intensify at Budget 2021, according to economists.

New programme to help businesses expand footprint in region

THE newly minted Southeast Asia Manufacturing Alliance (SMA) will play an important role in helping both global businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow their manufacturing...

Why the Budget for a post-Covid Singapore must be different

IN the Covid-19 pandemic, policy responses to stabilise and uplift the economy have been most crucial for Singapore's sustenance. In transiting to the post-Covid era, the economic imperatives will...

Singapore PMI improves further in January, though electronics growth eases

SINGAPORE'S manufacturing sentiment continued to improve in January, up from December and marking the seventh month of implied expansion, according to the latest Singapore Institute of Purchasing and...

Gloomy outlook for SMEs in 2021: QBE poll

STORMY skies will loom over their businesses, despite the sun peeking out from behind the clouds in 2021, if you ask small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Many are counting on the government to...

New digital solutions available under 'Start Digital' initiative

WITH working remotely largely the default mode nowadays, companies that need to improve the way their scattered employees work together can now turn to a suite of digital collaboration solutions...

Labour market recovery slow in 2021 despite improvement in Dec: economists

ALTHOUGH Singapore's fourth-quarter labour data appears promising, economists believe the lingering uncertainty in 2021 means labour market recovery would likely be protracted.