Against a backdrop of rising tensions over the number of foreign workers in Singapore, a recruitment survey published on Tuesday has revealed domestic firms will focus on hiring locals this year.
According to the Global Salary Survey by recruitment consultancy firm Robert Walters, firms across various industries plan to increase training and development opportunities and chart clearer career paths for employees in a bid to maintain a local core of professionals.
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The survey results come amid growing public resistance against the influx of foreign workers in recent years. In February of last year, over 1,000 Singaporeans attended a protest against the rise in foreign workers, and the government has responded by introducing curbs on overseas hiring.
Other findings in the survey showed that Singaporeans are set to enjoy higher salaries this year, as the launch of a government initiative - the Fair Consideration Framework - in August is set to boost salaries for both permanent and contract workers, the firm said.
The Fair Consideration Framework willrequire companies to advertise positions to Singaporeansbefore applying for employment passes for foreign professionals.
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