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BCA relaxing rules on hiring China construction workers due to India travel ban, but some firms see minimal impact

Today, Singapore, 26 April 2021 - As the flow of construction workers from India has been impacted by new border restrictions last week, the authorities will be temporarily loosening measures to allow construction companies to recruit workers from China from May 7.

 

However, some construction and contracting companies were sceptical that the move would greatly improve their dire manpower situation, though they told TODAY that it is better than nothing.
In a statement on Monday (April 26), the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said that it will implement a scheme to allow Chinese work permit holders to obtain their skills certification in Singapore as not all of the overseas testing centres in China have resumed operations.
The temporary scheme, which will also be introduced by the Manpower Ministry, will last for six months.
Workers are currently required to undergo evaluation of their trade knowledge and skills competency in these testing centres before arriving in Singapore.
Said the BCA: “Upon implementation of this temporary scheme, employers will be permitted to bring in People’s Republic of China (PRC) work permit holders without skills certification, but they must comply with the other prevailing entry approval and work pass requirements.”
Such a move would make it easier for construction companies to hire workers from China, helping these companies mitigate the impact of the border measures imposed last week on travellers and visitors from India in light of the country’s worsening Covid-19 situation, said the statement.
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Source: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/bca-relaxing-rules-hiring-china-construction-workers-due-india-travel-ban-some-firms-see

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