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Written Answer by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Questions on Foreign Employment Statistics in Singapore

Notice Paper No. 231 Of 2014 For The Sitting On 5 Aug 2014 Question No. 64 For Written Answer

NMP: Ms. Mary Liew

To ask the Minister for Manpower: (a) what is the current number of foreigners working in Singapore; (b) what is the breakdown of their nationalities; and (c) which are the top ten sectors that employ the most number of foreigners.


  1. As of December 2013, there were 1,321,600 foreigners working in Singapore. Excluding foreign domestic workers, there were 1,107,100 foreigners employed across different sectors in Singapore. Data on breakdown by nationalities is not publicly available.
  2. The table below provides the list of top ten sectors that employed the most number of foreigners as of December 2013.

Table 1: Top Ten Sectors that Employed Foreigners

SSIC 2010 Industry
 F41-43 Construction
 C301 Building and Repairing of Ships and Boats (Marine)
 G46 Wholesale Trade
 I56 Food & Beverage Services
 M69-75 Professional Services
 H49-53 Transportation & Storage
 C25,28 Fabricated Metal Products, Machinery & Equipment
 C19-21 Petroleum, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Products
 N77-82 Administrative & Support Services
 C26 Electronic, Computer & Optical Products

Source: Administrative Records