Updated: 03/07/2014 22:54

Construction firms to have minimum number of higher skilled workers



Construction firms to have minimum number of higher skilled workers

Construction firms may soon be required to hire a minimum number of higher skilled workers. 

The Manpower Ministry is consulting the industry, alongside with the Ministry of National Development and the Building and Construction Authority, on a long term proposal to implement this. 

Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin announced during his ministry's Committee of Supply debate in Parliament today. 

"We need to encourage firms to recruit and retain skilled foreign workers, and move towards having a smaller pool of skilled foreign workers, rather than having a larger pool of inexperienced and low-skilled foreign labour."

The Manpower Ministry is also reviewing the eligibility criteria for foreign workers to qualify for R1 status, which is the category for higher skilled workers. 

Mr Tan adds that they're also re-looking the Skills Recognition Framework. 

They're currently in discussion with firms in the Process sector, and will soon be looking towards the Marine sector. 

Foreign employment figures dipped last year, amidst the shift to a better quality foreign workforce. 

Foreign employment grew by 48,400 last year, down from 67,100 in the previous year. 

Of this, about two-thirds were from the construction sector.

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