Jobs & Economy

We want an economy that provides good jobs, opportunities and continued real wage growth. This is the way to ensuring that economic growth benefits all Singaporeans. How far we get there ties in closely with choices we make around our population and investment in developing our future workforce.

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The issue

With an ever-changing global environment, technological changes and a slowing local labour force growth, our economy will face new challenges and opportunities. We will have to get used to a tight labour market and find innovative ways of doing businesses so that companies can grow and succeed here.

At the heart of our economy is our local workforce which is complemented by foreigners where needed. However, this needs to be managed at a pace that can be comfortably supported by our infrastructure, and while still keeping our social fabric strong and cohesive.

What Being Done

What we need

  1. An open and vibrant economy, driven by productivity and with a lower reliance on manpower.
  2. A strong local workforce, with more Singaporeans remaining in the workforce and equipped with the skills to do well.
  3. Fair and progressive workplaces, where everyone is valued for their skills and hard work, regardless of background and age.


What's being done

  • Tightened foreign manpower policies while providing support for businesses to shift towards skills- and capital-intensive ways to grow.

  • Ensure that Singaporeans are considered fairly for job opportunities, e.g. Fair Consideration Framework.

  • Support for Singaporeans who wish to remain in the workforce, such as expanding childcare facilities for working mothers and extending the re-employment age.

  • Foster a culture of lifelong learning and support Singaporeans in developing to their fullest potential, e.g. SkillsFuture initiative.

  • More support for low-wage and vulnerable workers, e.g. Workfare and the Progressive Wage Model.

Perspectives Get the population angle on jobs and economy in Singapore

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A new generation – Generation Z – is getting ready to enter the workforce. Born in the mid-1990s onwards, they are in their early 20s. How are they different from their predecessors, the Millennials, and how can workplaces be ready for them?

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What women want: How do we close Singapore’s gender gap

There is plenty of work to be done for Singapore to close its gender gap, as the global agenda on gender equality continues to gain momentum. Recasting traditional parental roles, creating more inclusive workplaces and offering economic incentives are some steps the Republic can take.

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Airbnb Singapore: A global company powered by local passion

With its Asia headquarters based in Singapore, one of the world’s most sought after employer is growing from strength to strength, thanks to a cosmopolitan workforce here. Population.SG takes a tour of the Airbnb Singapore office to find out what makes it a workplace of the future.

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