Singapore tightens job criteria for foreigners

PTI Singapore | Updated on August 17, 2011 Published on August 17, 2011

The Singapore Government today announced details of employment pass (EP) framework, a move to control foreigners, including Indians, in the lower and mid-level professional and skilled jobs, and create a level-playing field for Singaporeans.

The Manpower Ministry said the move would also ensure that local workers, whose salaries would rise going forward, would not be disadvantaged by Employment Pass holders who were coming in at lower wages. The city-state's EP holders come from around the world, but are mostly Asian, including Indians.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is also the Manpower Minister, said the new EP criteria and tightening measures were aimed at creating a more level-playing field between foreigners and locals vying for white collar jobs.

He, however, underlined that Singapore would continue to remain open to foreign talent, while the government wanted to ensure that Singaporeans remain the core of the workforce, especially at the professional, managerial and executive level.

Published on August 17, 2011
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