There has been a lot of discussion in 2018 around the issue of age discrimination at the workplace in Singapore with some calling on the Government to enact age based antidiscrimination laws similar to statutes that exist in other countries. Sex discrimination has also been a high profile topic internationally with the rise of the #metoo movement, which is empowering a new generation of women to push for change, including at the workplace.
Generally, about 45% of Singaporeans think any form of discrimination is a major problem in the Singapore workplace, while 50% think it is a minor problem. Only 5% believe discrimination is not a problem at all. However, Millennials (aged 25-34) are much more likely to view discrimination as a major problem (55%) than do other age groups.
Singaporeans also believe that age discrimination is a bigger problem than gender, racial and nationalitybased discrimination in Singapore. While women, not surprisingly, are more likely to believe that sex discrimination is a major problem than do men, Singaporeans are more likely to single out discrimination against locals in the workplace (versus foreign talent) as a major problem compared to racial or sex discrimination.