14 Aug '11, 3pm

Tightening up on mid-level foreign workers #NDRsg

The bar for letting in mid-level workers from abroad will be raised to temper the seemingly "unrestrained competition" for jobs from foreigners, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday. Specifically, the salary thresholds for Employment Passes will be raised and mid-level foreign workers seeking jobs here will need to show better educational qualifications so that we "make sure they come with real skills valuable to us", he said. Noting how local professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) here are increasingly worried about the competition from foreigners - even in the current full-employment situation - Mr Lee said: "They're probably graduates or diploma holders - not hard up, not unskilled; but not so confident of themselves that they are ready for unrestrained competition. And feeling vulnerable, worried about what may happen. So I think, at this ...

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