The Malaysian Insider, 2 Jan 2013
At a time when the construction sector is starting to find it difficult to get foreign workers to cope with the construction boom, even amid the tighter foreign labour quotas, the authorities are identifying new source countries for construction workers.
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) told MediaCorp that two test centres will be set up in Sri Lanka, while approval is being sought from the Philippines to establish test centres there.
The BCA hopes to bring in skilled construction workers from both countries to boost supply and diversify Singapore’s foreign labour sources, which are now mainly China, India and Bangladesh. The authorities want to be less reliant on these countries, to the industry’s relief. Full story
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