Saw this pix from Eric's blog and I think it's pretty apt in Singapore's kiasu context. The typical employer (especially the smaller players) is always on the look out for employees that fit the mould of the ideal candidate for the position they offer: an all-in-one Jack of all trades (candidate must know a bit of everything) but must be a Master of spinning money for the company). On the other hand, the employee is concerned if he is being paid and compensated enough to meet the multi-faceted nature of the job as well as the boss' demands. Most Singapore employers are looking for anything "cheap and good". Who cares about the employee's qualification, the employee's past work experience, the employee's efforts, the employee's thoughts and feelings? Didn't they know that if "you pay peanuts, you get monkeys"? That's why the employee always feel "lugi" (taken advantage of). Herein lies the disparity between the employer's expectations and employee's expectations which are perennially worlds apart.