9K NEW JOBS IN HEALTHCARE, BULK GOING TO LOCALS OR FT?

Dear A.S.S. Editor

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The Ministry of Health already announced in Parliament that in the next three years, Singapore would need about 9,000 workers in the healthcare industry. The government will support this search for 9,000 workers by investing $24m in the sector.

Half of the jobs at the new facilities and services in the public healthcare and community care sectors are Professional, Manager, Executive and Technician (PMET) level roles. The big question here now is, will the bulk of these 9,000 jobs going to be filled up by Singaporeans, or are we going to see more influx of foreign talent? 9,000 new jobs is a huge number, given the recent reports of unemployment rate among Singaporeans also slightly rising. But, not many people are invested in the healthcare sector. So, will these 9,000 new jobs provide the answer for the jobless?

We shall see in the next three years. Either locals will fill up the bulk of these jobs created, or we are going to have yet more foreign talents in.

Sim ST

A.S.S. Contributor

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