Keeping doors open to global talent

Singapore's reputation for being open to talent at risk?

While talent is wanted for 'Team Singapore', foreigners have mixed experiences about the welcome mat

The Government said in August that non-Singaporeans made up 57 per cent of senior roles in the financial sector.
The Government said in August that non-Singaporeans made up 57 per cent of senior roles in the financial sector. PHOTO: ST FILE

When the Singapore Government announced in August another billion-dollar round of subsidies and incentives to promote local hiring, Australian Paul Schmeja was elated.

The 46-year-old, based here on an Employment Pass (EP), is chief executive of a company servicing corporate real estate. He says his aim is to employ a 90 per cent local workforce by tapping customer service talent recently displaced from the tourism and hospitality industries battered by Covid-19.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 11, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore's reputation for being open to talent at risk?'. Print Edition | Subscribe