47% of workforce non-S’porean, excluding new citizens?


What percentage of the workforce are not “Singaporean”?

Total employment continues to fall

I refer to the article “Unemployment and layoffs down in Q2 2017; total employment continues to fall: MOM” (Straits Times, Jul 28).

47% non-Singaporean?

According to the worforce summary table released by the Ministry of Manpower on 28 July – the estimated percentage of non-Singaporeans (foreigners and permanent residents (PRs)) is about 47 per cent, assuming that about 14 per cent of the locals are PRs, since there is no breakdown into Singaporeans and PRs.

Half not “Singaporean”?

If we include new citizens – does it mean that about half the workforce may not be true-blue Singaporeans?

Leong Sze Hian

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.