Foreign worker job flexibility: Bosses urged to share gains

Foreign worker job flexibility: Bosses urged to share gains

THE Manpower Ministry (MOM) has urged service sector employers to share with their foreign workers the productivity gains which a new scheme may bring.

From Monday next week, restaurants and retailers can get their foreign work permit holders to do more than one job.

The concession, first announced in February, is to help companies cope with higher levies and smaller foreign worker quotas in the service sector.

Currently, foreign workers can do only the job for which they were hired.

But employers should be reasonable with this new flexibility, MOM said yesterday.

It released three pages of guidelines detailing how the scheme, which could affect some 209,500 workers, will be implemented.

A waiter can man the cash register, but not repair kitchen equipment without training, it cited as an example.

Given that the scheme will allow companies to improve productivity, employers should share the gains with their workers, especially those asked to do more work, said Mr Adrian Chua, MOM's divisional director for manpower planning and policy.

The non-binding guidelines, which contain mostly dos and don'ts, were drawn up after consultation with the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and National Trades Union Congress.

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