Our workforce’s nationality is a result of the areas we’ve decided to focus on, as well as global demand and supply for people with the necessary skillsets. Whether or not someone gets hired to work in Singapore is determined by the need for talent in the business, not by CECA. Foreign nationals, with or without FTAs like CECA, are entitled to apply for work in Singapore, according to the current work pass standards.
Singapore has one of the world’s top local talent pools, but it is insufficient to meet all of the demands of the investments that generate the quality and variety of jobs that we have today. Our locals have profited from the new career opportunities that have arisen as our digital economy and demand for tech talent has grown.
At the same time, we’ll need foreign employees to supplement our domestic labour in order to keep these businesses growing. India has amassed a vast reservoir of tech expertise over the last decade. As a result, many of the foreign workers in Singapore’s computer-related industries are Indian nationals who came to Singapore on work visas to supplement our indigenous IT skills.
Nonetheless, we recognize the genuine obstacles that some of our Singaporeans face, such as foreign competition, nationality concentration, and job discrimination. The government keeps a close eye on it and manages it, ensuring that we have the proper expertise and skills to keep our economy booming.