A letter from JobTech’s Co-founders to Jobseeker website users
Dear Friends of JobTech,
Thank you for the outpouring of support for what the JobTech team has been trying to do to help retrenched PMETs. Some of you have read the Straits Times article on 26 October 2017 reporting that our Jobseeker site was shut down after legal warning. We wish to address the common concerns that some of you have expressed.
Is the Jobseeker site illegal?
JobTech is a company that believes strongly in ethics and integrity. We do not believe that reading public pages or pointing back to those said pages is illegal. In addition, our site credits all job listings to the portals and refers visitors directly to them. The jobseeker site is also offered at no cost, with no financial gain or benefit to JobTech.
If there is no financial gain for the Jobseeker site, why is JobTech doing this?
Our Jobseeker site is free, and is part of our CSR efforts to help PMETs find jobs. Our site serves 5,000 users, out of which nearly 90% are PMETs. Our chairman Mr Philip Yeo, who is passionate about helping PMETs get back to work has said, “As we have seen from recent highly visible retrenchments, the PMET group is highly vulnerable to job displacement. We now have almost 20,000 Singaporeans who are long term unemployed. It is most regrettable that parties would block access to data which could be useful in helping PMETs get back to work, to make a meaningful income to support their families during this difficult time.”
Is the Jobseeker site shut down forever?
No. The shutdown is only temporary. The job portal is just one of our many sources of public data. Nonetheless, we are using the opportunity to expand our data sources so our users have access to more jobs globally. We are planning to re-launch our Jobseeker site by the end of the year.
What can we expect from the new Jobseeker site?
The new site will be bigger and better because it will offer more jobs from additional online public data sources. Since the shutdown, we have added the individual career pages of more than 500 global companies to our data source. This means analysing more than one million global job postings a day, from thousands of Singapore job postings before.
If you have not signed up with us yet, please register your interest here and we will notify you as soon as our new site is live:
Wee Tiong and Charlotte
For the link to the Straits Times article, please click here