The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is one of the Singaporean government’s 16 ministries. MOM is among the most important ministries in the country. It oversees all matters related to labor and the workforce which exist in Singapore. Its primary task is to create and follow through with the implementation of policies related to labor in Singapore. For this reason, MOM had previously been known as the Ministry of Labor; it went by this name from 1963 to 1998.
MOM has helped Singapore’s workforce achieve tremendous success in many ways. According to the IMD World Talent Ranking, Singapore ranks first in Asia and 13th in the world with regard to the attracting, retaining, and development of professionals of a high skill level.
MOM operates under the Singaporean government’s jurisdiction because it is a government ministry. Its headquarters are located on Havelock Road. In 2018, there were a total of 2,239 people who were working for MOM. Its estimated annual budget is S$1.98 billion. The current Minister for Manpower, and thus the current head of MOM, is Josephine Teo. MOM’s current Minister of State is Zaqy Mohamad, while its Senior Parliamentary Secretary is Low Yen Ling.
Divisions and Child Agencies
There are 15 divisions and three child agencies which MOM oversees. These divisions and child agencies are necessary because MOM itself cannot deal with every single labor or workforce issue in Singapore. Therefore, these divisions and child agencies had to be created so that any potential problems could be adequately addressed by those who were specialists in those areas. Among the most important of MOM’s divisions are the Corporate Planning Department, the Human Resource Department, the International Manpower Division, the Occupational Safety and Health Division, and the Work Pass Division.
There are also three child agencies which are all among MOM’s statutory boards. Each of these agencies performs important functions for everyone who works in Singapore. One of these agencies is the Central Provident Fund Board. The Central Provident Fund Board is tasked with administering the Central Provident Fund (CPF). CPF is a government-run savings plan which funds the healthcare, housing, and retirement needs of citizens and permanent residents of Singapore.
Workforce Singapore (WSG) is another statutory board that operates under MOM. It places emphasis on jobs in Singapore and helping people in Singapore gain proper employment. It also plays a role in ensuring that Singapore’s businesses maximize their level of competitiveness for as low a manpower cost as possible. WSG had been known as the Singapore Workforce Development Agency until 2016.
The Singapore Labour Foundation (SLF) is the third of MOM’s three child agencies. It was established in 1977, and its primary objective is the strengthening of trade unions in Singapore. It does so by attempting to improve the lives of trade union members as well as boost the growth and development of the country’s many trade unions. The SLF also supports programs and events which have been organized by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and any unions or co-operatives affiliated with the NTUC.