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A majority of foreign workers in Singapore would recommend the country as a great place to work.

That was one of the results of an independent interim survey commissioned by the Ministry of Manpower, following findings by the Committee of Inquiry conducted after the Little India Riots.

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in Parliament this week the independent survey by Nexus Link found over 80% of foreign workers here would recommend Singapore to family and friends. Over 90% also reported high levels of job satisfaction, and plan to extend their working stint here.

READ MORE: Inquiry: Job dissatisfaction not cause of Little India riots

Satisfactory pay and working and living conditions were the top three reasons cited for recommending Singapore as a place to work. – See more at: http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/Pages/PQRepliesDetails.aspx?listid=192#sthash.9mrirDZx.dpuf

“Satisfactory pay and working and living conditions were the top three reasons cited for recommending Singapore as a place to work,” Tan said, adding over 70% of foreign workers renew their contracts after the first two years.

“Taken together, these pieces of evidence suggest that the majority of foreigners continue to consider Singapore an attractive place to work.”

However, he was quick to agree with Committee of Inquiry’s (COI) observation about there still being room for improvement, sharing the government is already working on improving worker dormitories, and looking into other matters such as transport and security.

“I believe that Singaporeans genuinely appreciate the contributions of these workers and wish to co-exist harmoniously with them,” Tan said.

“On our part, the government will continue to nurture and manage such shared spaces; as well as manage the overall numbers to minimise impact on local communities.”

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Taken together, these pieces of evidence suggest that the majority of foreigners continue to consider Singapore an attractive place to work. – See more at: http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/Pages/PQRepliesDetails.aspx?listid=192#sthash.9mrirDZx.dpuf
over 70% of foreign workers renew their contracts after the first two years – See more at: http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/Pages/PQRepliesDetails.aspx?listid=192#sthash.9mrirDZx.dpuf
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