Singapore: More women employees return to the workplace

Since 2019, over 68,000 women in Singapore have returned to work as the country continues to step up efforts to support women who want to back to work.

As of 2020, the number of women working reached 61.2% in Singapore, although about 260,000 women aged 25 to 64 remain outside the labor force.

Gan Siow Huang, Minister of State for Manpower, Singapore, said, “We hope that in the next 10 to 20 years we will be able to see more women coming back; but we should also at the same time recognize that, at the end of the day, we have to respect women’s choices.”

Supporting women returning to the workplace has been several labor initiatives provided by the likes of the National Trade Union Congress and Workforce Singapore (WSG), a statutory board under Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower.

WSG for instance has recently launched herCareer, a dedicated platform that houses programs and information for job-seeking women, and includes support like job matching trials, career conversion training and placement, and job search guidance and job attachments for women.

The herCareer initiative, said WSG, is in line with Singapore’s white paper on women’s development, which “called for a whole-of-society effort” to advance their development.

 

Source: HRM Asia & GWFM NEWS

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