18 Feb '12, 1pm

Extend Special Employment Credit to homemakers and ex-offenders too: e2i

SINGAPORE - Employers will need to make full use of Singapore's latent manpower resource, as the economy progressively reduces its dependence on foreign workers. In his Budget statement made yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam had announced enhancements to the Special Employment Credit to encourage companies to take in older workers and persons with disabilities. The Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) said it hopes such subsidies could be extended to homemakers and ex-offenders too, to get them into the workforce. Some 300 job seekers attended a two-day job fair in the services sector, organised by e2i. The industry is expected to face manpower challenges when the proportion of foreign workers is cut. Younger Singaporeans are still not keen to take over these jobs. One said: "The environment is not a very nice environm...

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