Tap the potential of female labour to keep Singapore buzzing

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With the vast majority of 30,000 Chinese foreign workers yet to return to Singapore due to the coronavirus outbreak, some firms here are feeling the labour squeeze. In the long term, this is unlikely to ease, with stricter foreign worker rules on the horizon.

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo made it clear last Wednesday that decisions like not reducing the foreign worker levy are meant to protect jobs for locals and nudge firms to transform.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2020, with the headline Tap the potential of female labour to keep Singapore buzzing. Subscribe