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Mar-22-08

Singapore Hotel Industry Short of Manpower

posted by constance

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If you are in the hotel industry and looking for a job in Singapore, then it is good news for you. Singapore is finding it hard to employ staff in this industry. Staff turnover according to today’s paper state that it is 4.3 per cent or twice thatĀ for wholesale, retail sector or even the financial industries. Many hoteliers are bracing themselves for more resignations. Working in this industry is challenging and require long hours and lots of work during the weekends, holidays and when the usual offices are getting their rest days. In Singapore, many new hotels especially upmarket ones are joining the industry. Did you know that Singapore has almost 230 hotels alone! Wow! In just a tiny island only. And 10 new properties will be joining the market this year! Foreigners quota for employment have been raised as the local Singaporeans are not keen in jobs in hospitality. Low pay and Long Hours are not their cup of tea. Newer hotels are not paying more either. Because they know how much their branding is worth. Take for example, St Regis which is starting next month. Many of those in the hotel industry wants to be in St Regis’ employment as this boosts up their creditability and portfolio. Some are willing to take a pay cut or downgrade just to join this hotel. Some hotels are trying to woo staff by paying higher bonuses and giving better benefits, allowances. Top level and middle level staff are not missing out either. Many are now being headhunted to work in hotels in China and Macau. Small hotels and clubs that offer minimum perks or no bonuses may see them with manpower shortage soon. Like they say, shape it or ship it. Good luck!

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  1. Tot's Mom Said,

    Haha! Hotels in HK are also facing same problem. Staff are being wooed by Macau hotels since they have opened quite a few big hotels there in recent times. Heard last year end, the bonus paid out by HK hotels are record high to maintain staff.
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  2. Marie Said,

    And to think the Tourism industry doesn’t really pay well in general. We in the industry work too hard, which sometimes compromises time with family because of rosters and shifts, but someone’s gotta do the job….oh well !!

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