22 Jan '12, 12pm

Shortage of confinement nannies expected in Dragon year

Shortage of confinement nannies expected in Dragon year

SINGAPORE: It's not just the government hoping for a baby windfall. Some companies are also expecting to cash in on the expected rise in fertility rate in the Year of the Dragon. Traditional wedding planners said preparations started mid-last year, with many putting marketing and promotions in full throttle. Some planners said they started receiving enquiries from November last year, for services such as choosing auspicious marriage dates, baby name research and even sussing auspicious dates for cesarean-section births. They said business has increased between 20 and 35 per cent from the last few years. That's also the case for nanny confinement agencies. PEM Confinement Nanny Agency, which makes up about 80 per cent of the confinement nanny market, said it started getting bookings from September last year. However, it foresees a manpower shortage in the year ahead, as con...

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