31 Jan '11, 2am

Services sector account for bulk of employment gains

SINGAPORE : Singapore's total employment rose by 112,500 last year, three times higher than in 2009. That brought the total figure to 3.1 million jobs. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said the bulk of last year's employment gains came from the services sector, which added 109,500 workers, almost double the number in 2009. Construction employment saw modest gains of 2,300 due to completion of several large building projects and fewer projects coming on stream. While manufacturing employment declined by 2,700, MOM said this was much lower than the losses of 43,700 in 2009. The ministry said in the last quarter of 2010 alone, some 30,600 jobs were added overall, supported by hirings for the year-end festivities. Local employment grew by 54,200 last year, exceeding the 41,800 gains in 2009. But with the strong economic recovery and higher demand for manpower, foreign employment...

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