First and foremost, thank you for organizing these Singapore First initiatives. As a Singaporean, I feel proud that we have an avenue to care for and to protect our fellow citizens.
I am currently leading IT for a logistics company, this is a mid-size firm with global presence. As you would probably know, IT is easily outsourced, I fought hard to have the company change its view on the importance of IT to be based in Singapore.
As of now, I have several teams under my care, these are staffed by a mixture of Singaporeans and foreigners.
Personally, I have always placed Singaporeans as a priority, not because I am a fellow countryman, but rather, I see in ourselves people who are dedicated, hardworking and most importantly, invested in the place we call home.
However, for the past years, I have not been able to hire more Singaporeans as I see an increasing trend in (especially) younger applicants to reject commitment to off-office hours support (this is a norm for IT as we have to at times support issues on the other side of the world), working on Saturdays (half day), etc.
On the other hand, I see hordes of foreigners who are more than willing to commit themselves.
I have really no choice but to take a few foreigners to fill the vacancies though this had never been my first choice. Despite all these, I still believe strongly that I can still achieve my goal of hiring more Singaporeans with the right matching.
I am not sure if I can contribute to your effort to help fellow Singaporeans by offering suitably skilled ones with some opportunities to rejoin the work force.
To be frank, I am fine with candidates who are in the 40s too as long as they are committed and qualified.
Please let me know if you think this is a workable idea, I will be glad to work out a plan with you.
Once again, thank you for the effort!
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