Tan Chuan Jin: Efforts to reduce number of foreign workers on the ‘right track’
Posted by temasektimes on October 1, 2012
In a blog post on Sunday, Mr Tan wrote that the growth in foreign manpower in the first half of this year slowed to 34,100 – a seven per cent drop from the same period last year.
Though the number of employment pass (EP) holders dropped marginally by 700, more than 14,200 S Pass holders were added to the workforce.
According to latest government statistics, foreigners now make up 38 percent of Singapore’s population.
In the blog post, Mr Tan said Singapore cannot grow its foreign force without limits, but tightening must be done at a pace that businesses can adjust to.
The pro-foreigner Workers Party had earlier slammed the government’s efforts to reduce the inflow of foreigners, claiming that the move will hurt small and medium enterprises.