Two in three jobs created, or 79,800 went to foreigners in 2011, according to preliminary estimates from the Manpower Ministry, a sign of Singapore’s continued heavy dependence on foreign workers.
Local employment grew by 36,600 in 2011 ‘with slower resident population growth and most economically active residents already employed’, added MOM.
As locals also include permanent residents, the exact number of new jobs created for Singapore citizens is not known.
The service sector accounts for the bulk of new jobs created, adding 95,100 workers followed by the construction sector with 22,000.
According to earlier reports from the state media, Singaporeans shun jobs in the service sector due to the long hours and shift work.
The goverment has introduced a slew of measures lately to reduce the inflow of foreign workers such as raising the foreign worker levy.
Singapore’s economy grew by 4.8 percent in 2011 in line with predictions by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. It is expected to slow down this year due to uncertainties in the global economy.