According to a New Delhi newspaper, working IT professional visas in Singapore for Indian nations have been “dropped to a trickle” by the Singapore government. This has prompted the Indian government to halt their review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) pact with Singapore citing violation of the pact by the Singapore government.
The paper reports that IT companies in Singapore are being encouraged to hire local talent and some are considering relocating their operations to other countries in the region. Some of these companies include Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and L&T Infotech.
Some Indian national human resource managers have told reporters that the Singapore authorities now want to conduct an “economic needs test” which requires a company to comply with certain criteria before they are allowed to hire foreign IT professionals.
An Indian HR officer complained: “They are doing it despite the CECA clearly stating that there will be no ENT or quotas on agreed services. This is a violation of the agreement.”