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Written Answer by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on employee count in establishments

Notice Paper no. 521 of 2017 for the sitting on 06 February 2017

Question no. 384 and 385 for Written Answer

MP: Ms Sun Xueling

To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) what is the number of companies in Singapore who hire more than 100 employees in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015 respectively; and (b) what is the total number of employees hired by these companies in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015 respectively.

To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) what is the number of companies in Singapore who hire more than 1,000 employees in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015 respectively; and (b) what is the total number of employees hired by these companies in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015 respectively.

Answer
  1. The number of private sector establishments1 that hire more than 100 employees2  and more than 1,000 employees is provided in Table 1. 
  2. Table 1: Number of Private Sector Establishments by Employee Count, 1995, 2005, 2015 (June)

     

    1995

    2005

    2015

    Private sector establishments hiring more than 100 employees

    1,610

    2,100

    3,590

    Private sector establishments hiring more than 1,000 employees

    90

    110

    200

    Source: Labour Market Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM

  3. The corresponding number of employees hired by these private sector establishments is provided in Table 2.
  4. Table 2: Total Number of Employees in Private Sector Establishments by Employee Count, 1995, 2005, 2015 (June)

     

    1995

    2005

    2015

    Total number of employees in private sector establishments hiring more than 100 employees

    384,500

    505,900

    866,700

    Total number of employees in private sector establishments hiring more than 1,000 employees

    210,600

    277,200

    542,200

    Source: Labour Market Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM

  5. Data from 1965 to 1985 is not available.

FOOTNOTE

  1. Establishment refers to a unit within an enterprise (defined as an incorporated/registered entity such as company, business, association, society etc) engaged in one activity and operating in a single location.
  2. Refer to local and foreign employees.
Last Updated: 06 February 2017