Some companies still hiring even as retrenchments rise by about 10% amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rachel Phua, Channel News Asia, Apr 30, 2020

SINGAPORE: As employers across the country shed workers or put them on furlough due to labour market conditions, a few others are continuing to look for employees and trainees. 

According to Workforce Singapore (WSG), there were 13,000 SGUnited job vacancies with 11,000 applicants as of Apr 19. 

Most of the roles under the SGUnited Jobs initiative are temporary gigs created during the COVID-19 period.

Jobs in manufacturing, healthcare, social service, as well as retail positions in supermarkets are offered through the initiative, said WSG chief executive Tan Choon Shian. 

Another 4,000 traineeships are in the works under the S$100 million SGUnited Traineeships Programme – an internship-like scheme for fresh graduates – launching on Jun 1, he said.


“How doing good gives a shine to your company amid COVID-19”

Singapore Business Review, April 30, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Singapore, and the list of essential services continues to be trimmed down to only the most basic living needs.

While there has justifiably been much emphasis on the F&B businesses facing peril and our frontline healthcare workers, one essential service has been working tirelessly away from the spotlight, as they always have: cleaning and sanitation. The sector has played a critical yet underappreciated role in helping to keep the number of cases down by minimising the risk of community spread.

A company at the forefront of this is Spic & Span, a Champion of Good in 2017 and 2018. Armed with their proprietary long-lasting disinfectant Speco, Spic & Span is a social enterprise that provide marginalised Singaporeans with stable jobs and career progression. While other companies may capitalise on the heightened states of anxiety surrounding hygiene as an opportunity for greater profits, Spic & Span began offering complimentary protective disinfection services to non-profit organisations and charities, even adding local SMEs (including mom-and-pop stores, F&B outlets and fellow social enterprises) to the list later on.


Singaporeans must not be complacent in fight against coronavirus: President Halimah

Singapore News Today, Feb 26,2020

SINGAPORE – Singaporeans must not be complacent in the fight against the coronavirus which is spreading around the world, said President Halimah Yacob on Wednesday (Feb 26).

“We are seeing in a few countries, it has spread exponentially. So we cannot be complacent, we must always do our utmost to be on guard,” she said during a visit to St Luke’s Eldercare Centre in Ayer Rajah.

“While we continue with life, we cannot shut down ourselves and all our activities, but we must never be complacent. At the government level, community level, individual level, we all have a responsibility to contribute towards keeping the community safe, as well as ourselves and our families safe.”

She added that the President’s Challenge has been rallying its resources to help the vulnerable groups within the community to combat the disease outbreak.

For example, social enterprise Spic & Span, a finalist of the President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Award last year, has provided free disinfection services to several social service agencies since the disease outbreak in January.


Safeguarding the community with Spic & Span

Facebook, Feb 18, 2020 

As part of Glyph’s commitment to provide a safe space for our kids to grow and learn, we teamed up with our friends at Spic & Span to do a thorough disinfection of the Glyph premises!
Speco by Spic & Span is a revolutionary cleaning solution that kills viruses and bacteria! Our Glyph kids can happily and safely enjoy our space for activities! We were awed to see how effective the disinfection was after just a round of Speco!
Did you know?
Speco kills viruses and bacteria for up to 6 months after the cleaning process?

– Anti-bacterial
– Effective up to 6 months
– Self-Cleaning

Thanks to our friends at Spic & Span, we can be rest assured that our Glyph kids can continue learning and growing safely!

Psst! Glyph is now certified to be protected from viruses and bacteria!


Disinfection cleaning at Empact’s office

Facebook, Feb 17,2020 

Today, we got our fellow social enterprise, Spic&Span to disinfect our office using their patented technology. We hear that it is able to protect and safeguard against 99.99% of bacteria continuously, for up to 6 months!

With the fight against CoVid-19 still ongoing, it is our commitment that the health and safety of our colleagues and friends are never compromised when they are in the office. 


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