Tighter foreign manpower controls slowed the growth of the number of foreign workers and raised local employment in Singapore in 2012.
A report released by the Ministry of Manpower's Research and Statistics Department finds that total employment grew by 129,100 (or 4 percent) in 2012, slightly above the 122,600 or 3.9 percent in 2011, mainly reflecting the higher employment increase in construction.
Local employment rose by 58,700 or 2.9 percent, substantially higher than the gains of 37,900 (1.9 percent) in 2011.
Amid the tightening in foreign manpower controls, the growth in foreign employment eased to 70,400 (5.9 percent) in 2012 from 84,800 (7.6 percent) a year earlier.
In December 2012, locals accounted for some 66 per cent of persons employed in Singapore, excluding foreign domestic workers.
Foreigners accounted for about 34 percent of persons employed in Singapore, compared with the some 33 percent in December 2011.