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Written Answer by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on Effectiveness of WorkPro Scheme

Notice Paper No. 49 Of 2014 For The Sitting On 17 February 2014 Question No. 743 For Written Answer

MP: Foo Mee Har

To ask the Acting Minister for Manpower (a) what has been the effectiveness of Government schemes such as WorkPro in fostering more progressive workplace practices amongst employers; and (b) what is the increase in the total number of Singaporeans on flexible work arrangements since the launch of WorkPro.

Answer:

  1. The WorkPro scheme was launched in April 2013 to foster progressive workplaces, augment local manpower and strengthen the Singaporean core in our workforce. It helps to build employers’ capabilities in age management, job redesign and work-life practices to better attract and retain workers. The scheme will run until 2016, and we encourage employers to tap on it to foster more progressive workplaces in Singapore.
  2. The Work-Life Grant under WorkPro supports the implementation of flexible work arrangements. As of December 2013, we have approved applications from 84 organisations for the Work-Life Grant. Over 8,000 employees in these organisations will benefit from the flexible work arrangements when implemented.
  3. The Government is working closely with the tripartite partners to intensify our efforts in promoting flexible work arrangements. The Tripartite Committee (TriCom) on Work-Life Strategy, chaired by Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Manpower) Mr Hawazi Daipi, is following up on feedback received and looking into new initiatives to promote adoption and develop capability in implementing flexible work arrangements. The details will be announced in due course.