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Written Answer by Mr Lim Swee Say Minister for Manpower on statistics of Singaporeans in the workforce

Notice Paper no. 869 of 2017 For the Sitting On 2 October 2017

Question No. 653 for Written Answer

MP: Mr Gan Thiam Poh

To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) how many Singaporeans are currently employed by companies in Singapore that are more than 50% owned by foreigners; and (b) what is breakdown of this number by (i) age group (ii) educational level and (iii) percentage of the total Singaporean workforce.


  1. The number of workers1 employed in majority foreign-owned enterprises2 is provided in Table 1. Breakdown by residential status, age group and educational level is not available.

Table 1: Workers Employed in Majority Foreign-Owned Enterprises, 2011 - 2016

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number 909,300 950,900 998,000 1,051,700 1,066,600 1,068,300
Share (%) of Total Employment 30.1% 30.2% 30.4% 30.9% 31.1% 31.1%

Source: Singapore Department of Statistics


  1. Includes resident workers and foreign workers.
  2. Majority foreign-owned enterprises refer to enterprises with more than 50% foreign equity.