You might in a dilemma whether to hire foreigners and having them relocate to Singapore or hiring locals if you are launching a start-up in Singapore. Before you make your decision, you must know the advantages and disadvantages of each option and to understand the needs of your business and how it will affect you. Paul Hype page is a Ministry of Manpower registered recruitment agency, and we have years of experience in Singapore and countries around the region. We can advise you based on your business needs, to ensure business success.
Locals know the languages
While the administrative language of Singapore is English, the locals come from multi-racial backgrounds. Singapore has 4 official languages: English, Malay, Tamil, and Mandarin Chinese. There are also many dialects and other languages spoken by a small minority of residents. It is not uncommon for locals in Singapore to be proficient in 2 or 3 languages.
These language skills are especially valuable as they are for languages spoken around the region, and in China. This aids future expansion into the region, and importantly, communicating with regional suppliers. When your employees can communicate with suppliers and key stakeholders in their native language, they will establish a better working relationship, and be better able to manage that relationship.
If your business is looking to incorporate in Singapore or expand around the region, Paul Hype Page can assist in the incorporation process. With an international team in offices based in three countries, we can advise not only on business planning in a traditional sense but also on the languages and skills required for each market.
Additionally, the elderly generation in Singapore may not be English educated. If your business’s main clientele includes the elderly, it will be useful to have members of your staff that can communicate with them directly.
Knowledge of the local culture and business practices
Local candidates understand the Singapore business culture the best. While Singapore has a globalized community and business culture, there is still a prominent Eastern influence.
For instance, in Singapore meditating on questions posed is considered appropriate. When a client asks for clarification on a product or service, it seems intuitive to get the answer as soon as possible, this can however be interpreted as not fully understanding and considering the nuances of the question. This makes international parties seem rushed and clumsy in the minds of locals.
In meetings, it is also important to remain calm. When speaking about your business, it is easy to become passionate and invigorated. While this conveys enthusiasm and faith in your product in the West, becoming emotional during meetings can be judged as a sign of immaturity and being unworthy of respect in Singapore.
By hiring local Singaporeans, it can increase the productivity of your company and help in reducing financial loss.
Local schools’ network
Networking is everything in the business world. Another advantage of hiring locals is to expand your local network through the local employees. Many Singaporean graduated from the local polytechnics and universities. As an alumnus, they have an extensive local network that can help you to grow your business.
We’ve established how hiring local employees will give you insight to how your business can adapt to the local culture. If the time comes when your business is expanding and in need of specialised foreign talents, having local employees will benefit your position. It shows that the company has fully utilised resources in Singapore and justifies a strong need for foreign workers and the knowledge they can bring to you. With the tightening of foreign worker quotas and work pass requirements, the support you have given to the local community will be appreciated during your work pass application.
Having said that, consult Paul Hype Page & Co on how you can best express the strengths your company has on your work visa application.