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Oral Answer by Mrs Josephine Teo Minister for Manpower to Parliament Question on Jobs lost due to Technology and Automation and Jobs created

NOTICE PAPER NO. 1536 OF 2019 FOR THE SITTING ON 18 FEBRUARY 2019

QUESTION NO. 2640 FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

 

MP: Miss Cheng Li Hui

   

To ask the Minister for Manpower whether the Ministry monitors and keeps track of the number of jobs lost to new technologies and automation vis-a-vis the number of jobs created in Singapore.

 

Answer

  1. There are no internationally-accepted conventions on estimating job creation or losses due to new technologies and automation, as the effect is often indirect. However, in our national manpower statistics, we do monitor employment numbers, which have continued to grow even as technology and automation are transforming industries. In 2018, total employment increased by about 40,000 (excl. foreign domestic workers), with particularly strong growth in the technology-intensive Infocomm & Media sector.