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Tan See Leng on labour market recovery

The labour market continued to gradually recover in the first half of 2021 and though the ratio of vacancies to unemployed persons was high, many openings were in the construction sector which has seen a labour crunch due to COVID-19 border measures. In Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 5), Manpower Minister Tan See Leng also said about 128,000 local job seekers had been placed into jobs and skills opportunities as at end of July, with nearly six in 10 of them being mid-career PMETs. In response to MPs’ questions, Dr Tan provided updates on support for various groups of workers, including those in distressed sectors who have been displaced, those who have been retrenched and those who need to pick up digital skills.

The labour market continued to gradually recover in the first half of 2021 and though the ratio of vacancies to unemployed persons was high, many openings were in the construction sector which has seen a labour crunch due to COVID-19 border measures. In Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 5), Manpower Minister Tan See Leng also said about 128,000 local job seekers had been placed into jobs and skills opportunities as at end of July, with nearly six in 10 of them being mid-career PMETs. In response to MPs’ questions, Dr Tan provided updates on support for various groups of workers, including those in distressed sectors who have been displaced, those who have been retrenched and those who need to pick up digital skills.

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