Rules on hiring foreign construction workers to be eased

SINGAPORE - Rules on hiring foreign construction workers in Singapore are likely to be further eased due to a rise in projects but a shortage of labourers, a minister said on Sunday.

By (DPA)

Published: Sun 15 Apr 2007, 6:42 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:07 PM

The construction industry is experiencing a boom with more residential developments in the city-state and two massive casino resort projects to be completed by 2010.

The bulk of workers come from the city-state’s neighbours, particularly Thailand.

The boom ‘coincides with a worldwide boom in construction,’ National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said. ‘In China, they’re building for the Olympics, In the Middle East, they’re rapidly building their various cities.’

‘It’s happening in Europe as well,’ he said at a welcoming event for foreigners.

The Manpower Ministry has revised its rules to free up some of the foreign worker policies as well as some of the supervisory manpower policies to allow more of such personnel to come and work in Singapore, Mah said.

He predicted wages would increase as a result of the tight labour market.

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