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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
 
At restaurant chain Nandos, seven ex-offenders it hired from last year have stayed on for more than six months. Last year, about 60 per cent of the former convicts Score helped retained their jobs for at least half a year. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

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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