Monthly Archives: June 2016

What is the maximum employment period for Work Permit Holders?

The maximum employment period for WP holders differ among sectors and nationalities.

For North Asian Sources (e.g. Hong Kong, Taiwan) and Malaysians, there are no maximum period of employment.
For Non-Traditional Sources (e.g. Philippines, India) and PRCs, it ranges from 10 years to 22 years, depending on the skills of the worker (e.g. qualification) and the sector the worker is to be deployed to. You can find more information via MOM at:

Service Sector
Manufacturing Sector
Construction Sector
Process Sector


Gender Diversity in Workplace – Good or bad?

Male and Female.pngFirstly, I always felt that I am usually happier working with the opposite sex and it could have a positive impact on my work productivity as well since I enjoy working with them. After going through some articles and researches, I realized I am in the minority, not talking about productivity, but about being happy working with the opposite sex.

A research in 2014 had suggested that people prefer to work in a homogeneous setting, although they like the idea of having a diverse workplace. In terms of productivity, it had found a positive correlation with gender diversity. This is also supported by a research article published back in 2013, which found that teams which have an equal gender mix perform better in terms of sales and profits, as compared to those teams of the same gender. Interesting, a research article published in 2013 found that gender diversity might have a negative impact on firm performance initially if the no. of females in boardrooms does not reach the “optimal level”, which is said to be around 30%, which will then translate positively on firm performance.

My experience of working with the opposite sex is that they tend to provide more emotional support as compared to guys (Yes I am a guy). Such brings me closer to them and yes, happier at work. People who prefer to work in a homogeneous setting perhaps are coming from the perspective of able to communicate and understand each other better (or presuming). So, what about you?

Journal Article – Gender Diversity in the Boardroom
Impact of Gender Diversity on Business Team Performance
Business Insider (SG) – Gender Diversity

Impact of Interview Order for Candidates

Interview Who First

Will interview order affect your chance of landing a job? It could be a yes.

Based on a 2013 research, it is found that the order of your interview has a correlation on your chances on landing a job, where interviewers who had shortlisted three applicants on a given day might be reserved to grant a 4th one. The Serial Position Effect, which states that people tend to recall the earliest items better (known as the primary effect), seems to suggest that being the first in line for the interview might leave a deeper impression for the interviewers. These suggests that being first in line for the interview would be advantageous.

On the other hand, a recent research in 2015 found that the 4th candidate gets the most attention from hiring managers, where the interviewer will take the most time to access the candidate. The time taken for the rest of the interviews (after the 4th) will start to decline, giving the later candidates less chances of showing their potential. This could be probably due to fatigue and interviewers might just want to end it quickly. This suggests that being the last candidate of the day is definitely not an option, while being the 4th candidate might be the best chance to show off one’s potential, although it also meant that you might be prompted with more questions (or scenarios to solve), and if one does not perform well, it will be disastrous.

Perhaps, moving forward, we should ask for an interview in the earliest morning possible? Unless you are very confident, being 4th in line might not be a very good choice.
I am in for the first in line. What about you?

Business Insider (SG) – Why Should Always go Fourth
Journal Article – How quickly do Interviewers reach Decisions?