Singapore launches three state initiatives to boost HR quality Singapore launches three state initiatives to boost HR quality

Singapore launches three state initiatives to boost HR quality
26 Apr 2018

Government agencies in Singapore have launched three initiatives aimed at improving the quality of HR operations in the city-state.

The first scheme is an online self-help HR portal for employers, which has been jointly launched by Enterprise Singapore, the country’s National Trade Union Congress’ Learning Hub and the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

According to Straits Times, the portal has a wide range of self-help HR resources, which are arranged by enterprise growth stages and functional areas. It is intended to serve as the first port of call for guidance, best practice and solutions to common challenges.

The second initiative is the enhanced HR Shared Services Scheme. Piloted in 2015, it has made it easier for more than 130 companies to access trained HR professionals as well as outsource some of their manual and operational HR functions, including payroll processing and claims administration. Participating companies saved an average of 68 man-days over the 12-month pilot period.

Since going live, the scheme has added additional pre-scoped services and includes a refreshed list of 22 possible providers.

The third initiative is a new HR Tech pilot from Enterprise Singapore to help employers improve 'job fit' for candidates during the recruitment process. It is also intended to help them develop individualised training programmes for existing employees.

Companies will be provided with access to nine pre-scoped, ready-to-use technical services such as artificial intelligence-powered CV recommendations. Those participating in the trials can claim funding for up to 50% of their project costs.

Emma Woo

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

Government agencies in Singapore have launched three initiatives aimed at improving the quality of HR operations in the city-state.

The first scheme is an online self-help HR portal for employers, which has been jointly launched by Enterprise Singapore, the country’s National Trade Union Congress’ Learning Hub and the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

According to Straits Times, the portal has a wide range of self-help HR resources, which are arranged by enterprise growth stages and functional areas. It is intended to serve as the first port of call for guidance, best practice and solutions to common challenges.

The second initiative is the enhanced HR Shared Services Scheme. Piloted in 2015, it has made it easier for more than 130 companies to access trained HR professionals as well as outsource some of their manual and operational HR functions, including payroll processing and claims administration. Participating companies saved an average of 68 man-days over the 12-month pilot period.

Since going live, the scheme has added additional pre-scoped services and includes a refreshed list of 22 possible providers.

The third initiative is a new HR Tech pilot from Enterprise Singapore to help employers improve 'job fit' for candidates during the recruitment process. It is also intended to help them develop individualised training programmes for existing employees.

Companies will be provided with access to nine pre-scoped, ready-to-use technical services such as artificial intelligence-powered CV recommendations. Those participating in the trials can claim funding for up to 50% of their project costs.

Emma Woo

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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