Employment diversity key in Singapore’s changing regulatory environment: Randstad Singapore Workpocket

August 24, 201512:14 pm973 views
Employment diversity key in Singapore’s changing regulatory environment: Randstad Singapore Workpocket
Employment diversity key in Singapore’s changing regulatory environment: Randstad Singapore Workpocket

Singapore businesses must look to increase employment rates among women and older workers and diversify their work practices in the midst of today’s changing regulatory environment, according to the inaugural Randstad Singapore Workpocket 2015/16 launched today.

This means that employers will need to cast a wider net to find employees while at the same time be more flexible and agile to recruit and retain top talent, as the Government moves to strengthen employee protection, promote work-life balance and keep Singaporeans at the core of the workforce.

Developed in partnership with leading legal firm WongPartnership LLP, the Randstad Singapore Workpocket 2015/16 provides practical advice for HR managers and business owners to manage complex talent challenges. The comprehensive guide includes up-to-date information on labour market trends and guidance for employers on how to remain compliant with ever-changing reforms and employment and workplace legislation.

Mr Michael Smith, Randstad Country Director for Singapore, said that constant regulation is taking place through an ongoing commitment to tripartism, where unions, employers and the Government work in partnership to develop labour market policy frameworks.

“This comes at a time when Singapore’s labour market will see one person over the age of 65 for every four working age people by 2020, compelling the Government to introduce policies to grow workforce participation rates among women and older workers.

“In the face of these changes, employers need to be receptive to less traditional methods to fill talent gaps. These include nurturing graduates, offering more project work for contractors, or creating more flexible work arrangements such as compressed work schedules or enabling employees to telecommute.

“The Randstad Singapore Workpocket provides employers with advice on how they can access Government schemes that support flexibility, such as applying for funding from the Work-Life Grant under the WorkPro scheme,” Mr Smith said.

Ms Jenny Tsin, co-head of the Employment Practice at WongPartnership LLP, said that the Randstad Singapore Workpocket 2015/16 is an effective tool for businesses facing an increasingly complex workplace environment.

“The Government is responding to changes in labour market demographics through a range of measures, including mandating the re-employment of mature-aged workers, and extending greater legal protections to contractors, freelancers and low-salaried workers. This however means that businesses in Singapore are facing increasing regulatory reforms.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Randstad Singapore to develop this guide and share our extensive knowledge on the country’s employment law and legislation,” Ms Tsin said.

The report also highlighted that with Singapore poised for economic growth – driven by the financial services, technology and healthcare sectors – and with the nation at almost full employment, the battle for talent will remain fierce in the next 12 months.

“Employers will need to continue to broaden their employment strategies to keep pace with the restructuring of traditional industries, rapid technological change, and growing productivity and capacity constraints,” said Mr Smith.

“The Randstad Singapore Workpocket will enable businesses to negotiate and manage the talent attraction challenges that lay ahead.”

To request for a complimentary copy of the Randstad Singapore Workpocket 2015/16 go to:

www.randstad.com.sg/workforce360/workpocket-2015

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