Singapore Plans to Restrict Foreign Workers

Singapore has planned to curb the intake of International Skilled Workers, giving hints that their government is intending to enhance the skills of its Singaporeans workers, according to a top level commission.

The commission pointed out that the Singapore economy is on the verge of slowing down. Therefore, there is a need to curb the intake of International skilled workers as too much of everything is bad.

Lim Swee Say, member of the commission, said that their country is not against the international applicants but the excessive intake is minimizing the focus from productivity.

Also, a majority of international workers take low paying jobs like maids and construction workers, a number which is increasing at a very fast pace. This leads to a competition for a particular job amongst foreign workers and local citizens.

Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong stated that their country is planning to maintain a balance as far as the intake is concerned. Also Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam maintained that their country cannot afford to hike the quantity of international skilled workers as liberally as compared to the earlier years.

The committee advised certain proposals like raising the levies companies have to pay to hire the international workers; reinventing the country’s economy to face competition from Indian and China; shifting the port further west; amongst other suggestions, which would be discussed during the budget debate.

The Singapore government is intending to restrain the benefits enjoyed by the international workers ahead of the general elections.

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