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Foreign labour: Singapore's construction, F&B players struggle to cope with crunch

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the economy, some companies find themselves at a crossroads: Should they stick it out or cut their losses? The Sunday Times looks at how three sectors are coping.

House of Seafood co-founder and CEO Francis Ng says hiring has always been a challenge in the F&B industry. He turned to social media to recruit for his latest outlet.
House of Seafood co-founder and CEO Francis Ng says hiring has always been a challenge in the F&B industry. He turned to social media to recruit for his latest outlet.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

With tighter border controls amid the coronavirus pandemic limiting the entry of new foreign workers into Singapore, sectors dependent on foreign labour are being squeezed more than before.

More than 10 employers in the construction and food and beverage (F&B) sectors told The Sunday Times that their manpower costs have gone up significantly in the past few months. While some have tried to adjust and adapt, challenges remain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2020, with the headline 'Foreign labour: Construction, F&B players struggle to cope with crunch'. Subscribe