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Manpower Ministry mulling over minimum quota for higher-skilled construction workers

Published on Mar 3, 2014 12:39 PM
 
In a bid to nudge construction firms to boost productivity, the Government is mulling over whether to set a minimum quota for higher-skilled construction workers for each construction firm. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA  

In a bid to nudge construction firms to boost productivity, the Government is mulling over whether to set a minimum quota for higher-skilled construction workers for each construction firm.

But the authorities will consult the industry before making any move, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Monday in response to a question from Nominated MP R Dhinakaran in Parliament.

The Manpower Ministry and Building Control Authority classify foreign construction workers on work permits into two groups - those with basic-skills and those with higher-skills.

From July 2016, firms will have to pay higher levies for workers with only basic skills.

 
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