12 Sep '11, 12am

Out of prison and into the kitchen: More eateries in Singapore easing labour crunch by hiring ex-convicts

Out of prison and into the kitchen: More eateries in Singapore easing labour crunch by hiring ex-convicts

Mr Eric Ng has trained more than 50 ex-convicts to cook at his Western food stall. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN By Jennani Durai Food stall owner Eric Ng has an unusual hiring policy - he makes job candidates take a urine test for drugs. While this may seem a little harsh at first, the 47-year-old has a good reason - his staff are all former convicts. Mr Ng's stall at ABC Brickworks Market is one of a growing number of eateries hiring former offenders to work in their kitchens. The food business is ideal for former prisoners, because it does not require formal qualifications and offers them the chance to work away from front-line jobs where they could be handling money or dealing with customers. They are also helping to ease the labour crunch in the burgeoning food scene here. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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