Updated: 05/27/2014 00:09

Employers who qualify to hire foreigners should play larger role in training local talent



Employers who qualify to hire foreigners should play larger role in training local talent

Employers who qualify to hire foreigners should be obliged to set up a formal system to train Singaporeans. 

That was a suggestion made by MP for West Coast GRC, Foo Mee Har in parliament. 

"This could be in the form of training and mentorship of Singaporeans to prepare a pipeline of talent for future vacancies as well as local Singaporeans being groomed to succeed key positions. This process can start with companies or sectors with high concentrations of foreign PMEs. I believe that the current negative sentiment against foreign talent will ease when Singaporeans no longer feel that their livelihoods are threatened."

Ms Foo called for greater scrutiny of companies' employment practices, to check that qualified Singaporeans were given priority. 

On other challenges faced by PMEs - Ms Foo says that new policy tightening measures have made home upgrading more difficult for the middle class. 

To help help genuine upgraders realise their aspirations, she proposes that the government collect the Additional Buyer Stamp Duty upon completion of the new property, instead of upfront. 

And if the home owner looking to upgrade sells the first flat within a specific period, he should not need to pay the stamp duty.

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