Experts weigh in on Singapore's tight foreign labour policy

Relaxing tough stance may boost competitiveness but could stifle innovation, they say

Growing sectors like technology will need skills that the local talent pool may not necessarily offer, say economists.
Growing sectors like technology will need skills that the local talent pool may not necessarily offer, say economists.ST FILE PHOTO

A global index released last week that ranked Singapore as the world's most competitive economy also highlighted the difficulties bosses face when trying to hire foreign labour.

The Republic scored only 47.6 and a ranking of 93 out of 141 economies on the ease of employing staff from overseas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2019, with the headline 'Experts weigh in on S'pore's tight foreign labour policy'. Subscribe