SINGAPORE: An independent study by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has found that foreign workers generally feel "well taken care of" in Singapore.
Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin revealed that more than 90 per cent of those surveyed "did not have any employment issues" and 80 per cent were "happy working in Singapore".
A few who worked elsewhere found Singapore to be better as "it was a safer environment".
The survey was conducted in November 2013 by MOM with over 150 foreign construction workers at the airport who were departing Singapore.
Mr Tan cited the survey in his written Parliamentary answer to a question filed by Nominated MP Janice Koh, who asked if MOM would consider commissioning an independent study to examine "possible social tensions, discrimination or any underlying employment-related grievances" faced by foreign workers.
Mr Tan said MOM agrees that there is merit in collecting information to understand the issues that workers face, with a view to take appropriate interventions.
He said that in 2011, MOM and non-government organisation the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) commissioned an independent survey company to conduct face-to-face interviews with about 3,000 Work Permit Holders (WPHs) and 500 S Pass Holders on their experiences of working in Singapore.
The survey included questions on employment-related issues.
The survey found that 90 per cent of the respondents were "satisfied" with their overall experience of working in Singapore, and that 80 per cent wished to continue working in Singapore with either their current employer or a new one.
Seventy per cent of respondents also said that they would recommend Singapore to their friends and family as a place for employment.
Mr Tan said the findings of this survey are available on the MOM website.
He added that MOM will continue to monitor the situation and conduct periodic surveys and studies, as necessary. - CNA/ms
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