2018 Manpower Survey Results Now Available Online

Over the past few years, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has continued to adapt its policies related to manpower in an effort to increase productivity and build a future ready workforce. In light of this, AmCham recently conducted our sixth annual Manpower Survey to gather feedback from our membership on the impact of recent manpower policies.


The Manpower Survey is an annual survey sent to AmCham’s membership to gauge perceptions of challenges and opportunities facing companies when it comes to issues around manpower and foreign talent. The survey was open from October 16 – November 26, 2017. For the first time, we sent out two versions of surveys — one to C-Suite executives and the other one to AmCham members, and received 41 and 336 responses from each, respectively.


Please click here to access the full report.


Looking at the overall workforce composition from 2014 to 2017, 60% of the companies have over half of their workforce comprised of Singaporean citizens, with an increasing trend of promoting Singaporean citizens to C-Suite level roles.


From the aspect of Work Pass/Permit logistics, nearly two–thirds of respondents indicate that they had no challenges with work passes in 2017, a number that has steadily increased since 2013.


In terms of education and recruitment, the majority of respondents believe that Singaporean universities are preparing fairly well-qualified graduates for the workplace. However, graduates and professionals from national academies in general lack creativity/critical thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, and leadership skills.


For more information, please contact Morgan Hughes at mhughes@amcham.org.sg.



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