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Inflow of foreign workers slows, while more locals were employed in 2013

Published on Mar 14, 2014 10:44 AM

Stricter hiring policies have slowed down the inflow of foreign workers and bumped up the hiring of locals, according to new figures from the Manpower Ministry (MOM).

In 2013, the pool of foreigners, excluding maids, grew by 48,400. This is significantly less than the increase of 67,100 foreign workers in 2012.

Most of the foreign workers were hired by construction firms, which need manpower for upcoming infrastructure projects such as new MRT lines.

Meanwhile, the employment of Singaporeans and permanent residents improved.

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