SINGAPORE: A total of 9,700 foreign workers were employed under Letters of Consent (LOC) as at December 2013.
This makes up less than 1 per cent of Singapore’s total foreign workforce, excluding foreign domestic workers. Writing in reply to a question posed in Parliament on Monday (Sep 8), Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said this percentage has remained fairly constant over the years.
He added that the number of foreign interns brought in by firms on Training Employment Passes (TEPs) has fallen significantly, from a peak of 4,100 in 2010 to 1,200 in 2013.
Mr Tan said the Government tightened the scheme in recent years to prevent firms from relying on “interns” on a permanent or ongoing basis, as well as to allow Singaporeans more internship opportunities.
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