Singapore's labour crunch issue: Why it's happening and what more can be done

It's a constant refrain among businesses: there aren't enough workers. Insight looks at why there is a labour crunch, what affected sectors are doing, and what more could be done.

The labour market report released by the Manpower Ministry last month also noted there were more vacancies than job seekers for a third consecutive quarter. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Companies in Singapore are finding it tough to fill vacancies, whether for highly-skilled roles in the tech sector or labour intensive jobs that fewer locals are keen to do.

Behind this manpower crunch - which some say is holding back business growth plans - are a greying population and tight foreign labour policies, as well as a mismatch between jobs in demand and the skills needed to fill them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline Singapore's labour crunch issue: Why it's happening and what more can be done. Subscribe