Employers raise doubts over tighter labour policies

Employers unsure if foreign worker restrictions will help locals get better jobs

Economists raised concerns about the impact of the tighter policies for hiring foreign workers on Singapore's competitiveness, especially as a hub for start-ups, many of which are 10 to 25 staff strong.
Economists raised concerns about the impact of the tighter policies for hiring foreign workers on Singapore's competitiveness, especially as a hub for start-ups, many of which are 10 to 25 staff strong.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The higher minimum income requirement for hiring semi-skilled foreigners to come to Singapore will not help locals get better jobs as the reasons they do not apply for such jobs are not always related to salary, said employers who are already paying more and still cannot always fill vacancies.

They are also not optimistic that compelling more companies to advertise jobs on the national Jobs Bank for a minimum period of two weeks before they can apply for an Employment Pass will do much to attract locals, for the same reasons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'Doubts raised over tighter labour policies'. Subscribe