NSP thus wants the employment of foreigners to be more tightly regulated:i)
Foreign labour force should be allowed in at a more moderate pace, and at a rate thatour public infrastructure is capable of coping.ii)
Work permits should continue to be allowed for industries or jobs that are unpopularwith Singaporeans.iii)
Reduce mid-skilled foreign workforce (entry-level graduates, diploma holders andtechnicians).iv)
Grant priority to Singaporeans in employment.7.
Specifically, we want to introduce the following:i)
Employment pass (with no quota imposed) be applied to jobs with a salary of at least$4000 per month. Based on 2009 wage data from CPF, about 72% of active CPFmembers earn below $4000 per month, while 28% earn above.ii)
For all jobs below $4000 per month, quotas will be imposed to protect Singaporeans’employment prospects, with no differentiation of work permit or S pass, and nonationality restrictions. A basic quota of 25% is proposed for all sectors.iii)
Foreign worker levy to be imposed that comprises 2 elements:(1)
An amount equivalent to the employer CPF contribution for Singaporeans(2)
An amount to give Singaporeans a better chance over foreignersiv)
In certain industries or jobs that are unpopular with Singaporeans, higher quotas willbe allocated.v)
Quotas for employment agencies in terms of number of Singaporeans successfullyplaced versus foreigners.8.
The focus of our economic policies is not so much GDP growth, but wage growth andbetter quality of life. In our pursuit of economic growth, we need to pay due attention to socialcosts. Develop industries that better match the abilities and inclinations of our people. Lessreliance on industries that compete based on cheap labour, more in those offering higher value-added jobs. For example, build on the progress made in the medical industry to aggressivelyexpand our medical training so that more Singaporeans are trained as doctors, therapists, etc.9.
Support the growth of local SMEs by:i)
Scheme for Rental subsidies for new or innovative companiesii)
Making GLCs look outwards by limiting local market contributions, giving space to localSMEs to develop and growiii)
Preferential treatment in some government projects10.
A key feature in our labour relations management is the tri-partite arrangement of tradeunion, employers and government. But representatives of each party should be independent of