Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013
SINGAPORE - Foreign workers in the services sector will be able to take on more roles and responsibilities, beyond what they were hired for, come July when a job-flexibility scheme is extended to them.
This comes even as the levy for a foreign worker is set to rise by between $50 and $160 a month, on average, by July 2015 across several sectors, depending on factors such as industry and work-pass type.
These details were revealed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday, after measures to improve productivity and tighten foreign hiring were announced in Monday's Budget statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Mr Tharman also said that MOM is looking to put in place "a framework to ensure that firms give fair consideration to Singaporeans in their hiring practices".
The extension of the Jobs Flexibility Scheme for Productivity to firms in the services sector is aimed at allowing them to raise their productivity and cope with labour constraints.
The scheme is now available only to the hotel sector. Without the scheme, it would be illegal for foreign workers to perform tasks that they were not hired to do.
Still, employers in the services sector can expect to see an average increase in the monthly levy of each foreign hire by $90 by July 2015.