The civil service received a half month year-end bonus this year amid the economic downturn, but have you wondered who they are? Where do they work?
The analysis was conducted using publicly available data from the Singapore Government Directory (SGDI). The data was pieced together from over 4000 webpages. I have cleaned the data to a reasonable degree before performing the analysis. There is no guarantee of the accuracy of the data.
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Organs of State include the AGO, AGC as well as the courts. The numbers for the ministries include stat boards under it as well. E.g. numbers for Min. Transport include LTA. The numbers for
MINDEF may be low as the public usually do not contact these 2 ministries hence there might be no need to list these officers.
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The numbers for
Deputy might be lower as there is no
Deputy Manager position, only
Deputy Director. However the keywords
Assistant apply to both managers and directors.
Principal likely include both school principals as well as principal engineers.
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Some of the radicals such as
Wee might be a surname or part of the name itself. Hence I decided to group them together as radicals. Some radicals such as
Li might be the same Chinese character, however they are categorized separately.
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It is interesting to note the most common spelling of
Bin could be both a Chinese radical or a Malay name. It seems like Chinese women tend to rise higher in the civil service. Alternatively, it could be that Chinese men tend to have less common names, or that they tend to work for the private sector. There were also 133
Singh and 61
Kaur. Indian names did not feature probably because they are much more unique.
Honorable mention. 68
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Tans feature prominently here. It is the most common surname but I didn't expect such a skewed result. Maybe the
Tans tend to lack creativity. There are a few rare exact chinese name matches as well, 7
Tan Hui Ling working for different ministries.
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