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Manpower Planning and Policy Division

The Manpower Planning and Policy Division (MPPD) is responsible for workforce planning, labour market policy, economic research and HR sector development.


Quality jobs for Singaporeans


Achieve better jobs and higher incomes for Singaporeans, and develop a globally competitive workforce to support a vibrant and competitive economy.

What we do

Our work is undertaken by the following:

Workforce Strategy & Policy Department

We are responsible for manpower planning and local workforce development. We develop policies to help individuals to improve their career prospects and resilience so that they will be empowered to take on quality jobs with sustainable growth in real incomes.

To inform our policies, we study labour market data and trends, and deepen our understanding of issues faced by various segments of the local workforce through surveys, polls and ground feedback.

Foreign Workforce Policy Department

We are responsible for the formulation and calibration of foreign workforce policies.

Our guiding objective is to ensure that the foreign workforce complements the local workforce, so as to achieve good employment outcomes for our workers along with good business outcomes for our firms.

Economics Department

We support data-driven and evidence-based policymaking in MOM through:

  • economic surveillance and forecasting,
  • economic research, and
  • policy analyses.

These include empirical analysis, ex-ante policy simulations, ex-post impact evaluations and manpower projections to support labour market policy formulation.

We undertake analytical research to support MOM’s policies, including those that optimise workforce allocation, inform local and foreign workforce interventions, improve the retirement adequacy of Singaporeans, uplift the incomes of lower-wage workers, and enhance the workplace to support the employment of seniors.

HR Sector Development Department

We play a strategic role in enabling human capital development in organisations to support business and workforce transformation. We work closely with tripartite and sectoral partners, as well as HR and industry leaders to:

  • strengthen the HR profession,
  • grow a vibrant and robust HR ecosystem, and
  • support workplace integration efforts in Singapore.

Data Unit

We tap on data to form a holistic understanding of labour market situations and trends. This helps us develop quantitatively sound policies to meet our desired workforce objectives.

To do so, we leverage data from multiple sources, such as administrative data from government-to-citizen transactions. We ensure that the data is secure, reliable and accessible, through which robust analysis can be performed to inform policymaking.