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More debate on Singapore's approach to foreign labour

The debate over Singapore's approach to foreign manpower has subsided in recent years, but it is returning to the fore as companies confront the challenges of digital transformation.

Singapore - like many other countries - is facing a shortage of highly skilled tech talent, so much so that companies have said the shortage is holding back their growth plans. Instead of addressing business concerns by relaxing foreign manpower rules for certain sectors or job roles, policymakers have opted to focus on building up capabilities among Singapore companies and in the local workforce.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline 'More debate on foreign labour'. Print Edition | Subscribe