Working poor in Singapore can’t make ends meet: NUS

SINGAPORE: A new study has shown that the working poor in Singapore are not getting enough pay to make ends meet. “Working poor” is defined as someone earning less than half of the average monthly income of a Singaporean, which now stands at S$3,000.

The survey on poverty attitudes by the National University of Singapore’s Social Work Department showed that those who need money, want to work, and that there are jobs available for them.

66.4 per cent of respondents said jobs are available for aid recipients who want to work. However, 85 per cent said most jobs aid recipients can get are not paying enough for them to support a family.

Researcher Irene Ng cited factors such as globalisation and the widening income gap, which have led to stagnating wages for Singapore’s poor.

About 60 per cent of respondents said government expenditure to help the poor in Singapore is not enough…

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