Last Friday, Sakae Sushi CEO Mr Douglas Foo went on UFM100.3 to talk about the difficulties of hiring locals in blue-collar positions. During the interview, Mr Foo complained that he was unable to find any cleaners despite a salary offer of $3,000 a month.
This sparked much public debate, with many netizens saying that it was too good to be true.
One member of the public was quoted in Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao as saying: “I used to be a manager and was only paid $2,500. A dishwasher earning $3,000 is unbelievable.”
However, when Mr Foo was approached by the paper for an interview, he not only dismissed the naysayers but also added that Sakae Sushi is looking to hire ten people to clear dishes and maintain the hygiene in the store.
They will also be required to come to work before the store opens daily to clean the premises and clear the rubbish bins.
Even though the restaurants are equipped with dishwashing machines, Mr Foo says that manual labour is still required to clear leftover food from the dishes.
Mr Foo said that candidates for the cleaning position have been unsuitable one way or another, and that there are 10 spots to fill.
On Wednesday, the company confirmed on its Facebook page that they are recruiting Singaporeans or permanent residents as dishwashers for $3,000.
In a status update posted at about 5pm, Sakae Sushi said:
“We would like to confirm that we are recruiting Singaporean or PR dishwashers for SGD 3,000”.
People who responded to the posting were sceptical and thought that it might have been a marketing gimmick.
September 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm
I agree with you. Maximum OT allowed per month is 72hrs. Sakae Sushi is breaking labour law and MOM is sleeping.
Secondly, can the boss stand 12hrs per day 6 days a week? If he can many of us also can.
I spoke to a waitress (Filipina) at a SS outlet. She said she was on S-Pass. I said so your pay must be S$2,000. Her reply: “No $1,200pm” Employer definately breaking a few laws!
September 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Is it true about the Filipina waitress?
If it is, then I strongly suggest that you get the Filipina to make a complain to MOM or maybe you can get MOM to investigate this company.
I heard many F & B companies are doing this.
I have also heard of foreigners doing delivery jobs for catering companies but yet holding S-Pass saying that they are managers.
Too many fishy things going on in this country over foreign worker quotas.
I wonder if MOM is aware of all these.
Myron Chua wrote:
“Imagine 20k for a one day advertisement in the Straits Times. You can pay six months of the worker’s salary.
“This stupid idea help Sakae to be in the new and old media spotlight for weeks. Brilliant marketing there you got.
“They save so much money on advertisement.”
Chew Porridge wrote:
“You are recruiting and state that no one is willing to take the job.
“However, there are many people online that are interested. Why not have a post that states all the criteria clearly and start to recruit those who show interest? Or have a place for walk-in interviews?
“You don’t really need to explain those, if those are true, start posting the recruitment posters and hire people.
“Explaining so much but not recruiting at 3k per month is just making things worse.
“Of course, state all the criteria required like six days per week, 12 hrs per day, etc. Benefits too if possible, like number of days of leave available, meals provided. You are recruiting.
“Furthermore, you are hiring a dishwasher for 3k but he has a lot more other job scope besides washing dishes.
“Don’t tell me you are paying someone 3k to do a three-man job.”
Low Shu Jun wrote:
“Lolx… I guess the idiom goes very well with this uproar, ‘any publicity is good publicity’.
“Sakae Sushi is famous now.”
Elan Govan wrote:
“Imagine working 12 hours continuously non-stop and standing too.
“It exceeds employment law regulations by a whopping 28 hours of COMPULSORY overtime just like the security industry.
“That is why these industries are facing the shortage. It is their own doing yet they glorify the lack of manpower.”
$3K for dishwasher? Another PR stunt! Just ask the other employees at SS and the truth will be known! Are they being paid higher than the dishwasher? NO!
– Contributed by Oogle.