SINGAPORE — To recruit and retain women in the workplace, NTUC Women’s Development Secretariat (WDS) today (March 8) held its first job fair with positions that have some form of flexible work arrangement (FWA).
The job fair is part of the NTUC WDS’s U Flex Movement, which is pushing for employers to offer flexible work arrangements.
Some 15 employers came together to offer about 570 positions across various industries, including healthcare, education and retail.
About 20 per cent of these positions are targeted at professionals, managers and executives or PMEs.
One such employer is the Housing and Development Board (HDB).
Another employer, Jay Gee Melwani Group, has an exclusive hiring scheme with NTUC WDS, called “Golden Girls Scheme”.
The scheme, launched last year, is for women aged 45 years and above.
They will work as retail assistants on a 25-work hour basis, earning S$1,000 per month, and do not have to work on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
This year, the scheme has been extended to benefit a younger group of women, aged 30 years and above, who are looking to return to work.
NTUC WDS is also holding its second “Best Companies for Working Mums” contest, with two new categories — “Most Supportive Colleague” and “Most Enabling Company for Dads”.
Those two new categories acknowledge the support given by working peers to enable flexibility at work, as well as the effort companies put in to enable working fathers to share their parenting roles with their working spouses.
According to the 2012 Conditions of Employment Survey conducted by the Ministry of Manpower’s Research and Statistics Department, only four out of 10 companies offer at least some form of FWA.
NTUC WDS said it will continue to step up efforts to get more employers to adopt flexible work arrangements and better support working women.
To better help employers to put in place flexible work arrangements, NTUC WDS is organising a series of workshops.
The inaugural Flexibility Works! Job Fair is being held part of International Women’s Day today.