Better job prospects for ex-offenders
They now get higher starting pay and more are able to hold on to their jobs
Published on Jul 14, 2014 8:54 AM
Job prospects for ex-offenders on the cusp of returning to the workforce are looking brighter.
Former prison inmates are commanding higher pay and staying longer in their jobs now, according to data released to The Straits Times by the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (Score), which trains and matches ex-convicts to employers.
Last year, 34 per cent of the 2,123 ex-offenders it placed earned about $1,300. In 2011, only 8 per cent took home that amount. Some 16 per cent drew a salary above $1,500, compared with 5 per cent in 2011.
Not only has their starting pay risen, more are able to hold on to their jobs. Last year, about 60 per cent of the former convicts retained their jobs for at least half a year, compared to 37 per cent who manage to do so in 2007.
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