Impacts of Foreign Worker in Singapore

1987 Words Mar 26th, 2013 8 Pages
1. Introduction 2
2. Demographic Profile of Foreign workers 2
3. Reasons Singapore Need Foreign Workers 4
3.1 Low Birth Rate 4
3.2 Ageing Population 4
3.3 High Skilled and Low Skilled jobs 4
4. Impacts of Foreign Workers to Singapore 5
4.1 Positive Impacts 5 4.1.1 Achieve Economic Growth 5 4.1.2 Diversify Human Capital 6 4.1.3 Increase Income and GST Tax Revenue 6
4.2 Negative Impacts 7 4.2.1 Congestion in Public Transport System 7 4.2.2 Tighter Housing Market 7 4.2.3 Conflicts with Labour Laws 8
5. Solutions to Reduce Negative Impacts of Foreign Workers in Singapore 8
5.1 Control the Population of Foreign Worker 8
5.2 Upgrade Public Transport System 9
5.3 Control the
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Therefore, foreign workers are required in high skilled and low skilled jobs.(“A Sustainable and Vibrant Economy,” 2012). We can see from chart 2.
Chart 2: Composition of PMET workforce and Non-PMET workforce Source: Minister of Manpower;Non-resident PMETs include EP and S pass holders.
4. Impacts of Foreign Workers to Singapore
4.1 Positive Impacts 4.1.1 Achieve Economic Growth
As we know, the economic growth related to the growth of productivity. Nevertheless, productivity is linked with workforce. The Singapore workforce is limited in population, so that many foreign workers could help to improve productivity to enhance economic performance. A classification of foreign workers in the Singapore economy (excluding foreign domestic workers, or FDWs) is provided in chart 3.

Chart 3: Distribution of foreign workers in economy as of Dec 2011
Note: Figures in brackets refer to the absolute number of all foreign workers (including P,Q,S Pass and Work Permit Holders) in the various sectors, excluding FDWs
Sources: Minister of Manpower, Dec 2011 4.1.2 Diversify Human Capital
In recent years, Singapore has been making great effort to ensure its competitiveness. Government attract foreign top talent to work here to help to achieve the goals. For example, in higher education institutions, many foreign professors are hired to teach students especially in their major course(Leow,