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Construction Recruitment Agencies Supply Needed Foreign Workers
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Supply Needed Foreign Workers.
Singapore has long relied on the mutual invested interest between foreign workers
and the city-state to drive growth the nation’s economy. They lay pipes, prepare
concrete mixes, weld steel and operate construction machinery that builds the
foundation of the country’s infrastructure – and this arrangement is unlikely to
change in the near future.
Construction recruitment agencies in Singapore continue to function as the main
supply of manpower, who rely on their well-established networks to find, filter and
legally process workers for work. (For job seekers looking for a job in Singapore, find
out how you can “How to Find the Best Recruitment Agency in Singapore for
Construction recruitment agencies help provide an affordable supply of manpower. Picture via Cities of Migration.
On average, foreign construction workers from Bangladesh in Singapore earn about
300% more than their counterparts back home (average in Bangladesh =
S$0.52/day; India = S$3.13/day; Singapore = S$3.98/day). The widespread of
English as the lingua franca of government, education and business also makes
working in Singapore highly attractive for workers hailing from these countries, as
most of them are able to speak it as a second language.
Foreign construction workers usually live in company dormitories which not only
lends cost savings for the workers and the companies who hire them (in the absence
of dormitories companies would have to pay workers a higher salary to make the
jobs more attractive), but also provides workers adequate living conditions and
security. Living conditions may even be better than what they might get back home
while on the job.
However, PRCs are starting to find the salaries less attractive as their own country
develops and wages in their homes country bridge the gap.
foreign worker levy.
Although the government raised the foreign worker levy for 2015 and 2016, cost
savings still greatly justify hiring foreigners in the construction industry. With the
foreign levy charges factored in, each worker costs approximately S$1500. In
addition, employers are not subject to a minimum wage as the MOM states that
salaries should be based on market conditions and the state of the economy.
For more information on foreign worker eligibility, restrictions and requirements set
by the Ministry of Manpower for the construction sector, visit the MOM website and
details regarding the legal rights of employers and work permit holders in Singapore.
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