NTUC FairPrice: ‘Only’ 10 percent of our staff are foreigners (excluding new PRs)
Posted by temasektimes on June 4, 2012
Following our exposure of NTUC FairPrice supermarket chain of organizing job fairs in China to mass recruit cashiers and storekeepers, NTUC was forced to issue a ‘clarification’ via the state media that only a ‘minority’ of its staff are foreigners.
In an article published in the papers last week, NTUC FairPrice director of human resource Rebecca Teo said only 10 percent of its staff are from overseas.
She added that there is a ‘need’ to hire foreign workers from China and Malaysia because of a ‘labor crunch.’ However, she did not reveal the percentage of Singapore PRs and new citizens among the 90 percent who are ‘locals’.
Under Singapore’s labor laws, companies need to maintain a quota of ‘locals’ before they can hire foreigners. Both Singapore citizens and PRs are lumped under the same category of ‘locals’ which provide a loophole for companies to exploit by ‘fast-converting’ foreigners to PRs so as to free up more ‘slots’ for them to hire more foreigners.
The Assistant Manager (Corporate Communications) of NTUC Fairprice, Mr Winston Ng had earlier written to us explaining that it has always been a policy of NTUC FairPrice to hire Singaporeans ‘first’.
Attached below is a recruitment ad put up by NTUC FairPrice in China: