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To keep the recovery going, let’s step on the gas for hiring flexibility

எஸ். வெங்கடேஷ்வரன்
Published Tue, Sep 20, 2022 · 05:50 AM

WHEN I had lunch in a restaurant in Little India earlier this month, there was 1 waiter attending to 10 tables, a single cashier attending to customers and food delivery riders, and 4 cooks bustling in the kitchen.

A conversation with the cashier revealed that the waiting staff had to be moved into the kitchen due to a lack of cooks – in part because some cooks had left Singapore, but also because it is difficult to fill those roles with foreign hires, let alone locals.

This could be alleviated by upcoming tweaks to foreign labour policy, but the problem is that firms still have a long while to wait.

During this year’s Committee of Supply debates in Parliament, it was announced that from September 2023, services and manufacturing firms will be able to hire work permit holders (WPHs) from non-traditional sou…

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