Government aims to “speed up” adoption of progressive HR practices

by HRD21 Feb 2017
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) wants to “speed up” the adoption of fair and progressive HR practices across all sectors and sizes of enterprises, Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say said. This follows the launch of the Human Capital Partnership (HCP) Programme November last year.

“When we talk about Human Capital, it is about mindsets – not to look at our people as a resource for consumption which will depreciate over time, but look at them as our assets to be invested in so that they can appreciate over time, not just in terms of the value to the organisation, but also the self-worth,” Lim said during a networking event of HCP CEOs last Friday.

The HCP is a tripartite initiative of the Government, unions, and employees that brings together employers who have committed to grow their businesses and stay competitive by having progressive employment practices, and developing their human capital.

More than 70 “Human Capital Partners” were at the event on Friday. They hail from all sectors and are of all sizes – manufacturing and services, multinational firms and local enterprises, government-linked firms and SMEs, business enterprises and social enterprises, Lim said. The 70 partners cover more than 100,000 employees.

“We do not want HCP to be an exclusive club of employers. We want to grow it into an inclusive community of employers to ensure that the human capital partnerships of Singapore will always be an inclusive one, now and into the future,” Lim said.

The HCP and its partners aim to bring about three major outcomes:
  • a “stronger Singaporean Core” by investing in the development of local employees across all levels
  • a stronger complementarity between local and foreign employees
  • skills transfer from foreign to local employees to enhance capabilities
Local employees occupy two-thirds of the country’s workforce. HCP wants to see foreign employees complement the local workforce rather than compete with it. 

“We should always remind ourselves – what is the purpose of sustaining growth through “pervasive” innovation, if our future economy does not lead to better jobs, better careers and better lives for our people?” remarked Lim.

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  • by 21/2/2017 10:15:11 AM

    To consider having foreigners to complement locals instead of competing with them, the ministry could consider having companies commit to a nationalization plan. Such is a very common move in many countries within the oil and gas industry. One good example of this is Brazil. Years back when Brazil opened up to the oil & gas industry, majority if not all employees, both in the office and offshore are foreigners. Today, there are enough locals to replace the foreigners. Another example is Ghana, with the Petroleum Commission requiring investors to produce and action against a 5-year nationalization plan.

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