Singaporean workers urged to upskill to fill manpower gaps

SINGAPORE: As foreign worker policies tighten, Singaporeans are being encouraged to level up their skills, to fill the growing gaps in the country’s manpower pool.

The government recently announced a measure lowering the hiring quota for foreign workers in the construction and process sectors, while also raising the minimum salary for them.

Desmond Choo, assistant secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress, said the new policies signal that while Singapore is open to foreign talent, it also wants to cultivate the quality of its workforce.

Gig workers, whose numbers have grown especially following the e-commerce boom during the pandemic, will also need more training support. This is needed if gig workers would like to transition to more structured industries moving forward.

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