Singapore’s female employment rate remained stable in 2020

Singapore’s Minister of Manpower also pointed out that a welcome change in the workplace would be to have more representation of women on company boards.

The female employment rate in Singapore remained fairly stable at around 73% in 2020, said Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo.

The dismissal rates among men and women were also about the same, she said, speaking at a virtual forum on gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace, reports The Straits Times.

The Minister urged women to continue to acquire relevant skills to seize future work opportunities.

“I was particularly concerned because the hardest hit sectors, like accommodation, have a higher representation of women in their workforce,” she said.

“When we analyzed the international environment, it was also very evident that women were disproportionately affected by the pandemic and… the resulting school closures, as well as lockdowns in many countries.”

“I think it’s more difficult for women because outside of professional commitments they very often juggle multiple hats,” she said, adding that “the challenge for women to keep their skills relevant is something something that we must not neglect. We must work hard enough at it. “

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The Minister also underlined that a welcome change in the workplace would be to have a greater representation of women on the boards of directors of companies. Currently, women in leadership positions represent around 30%, she said.

“But our representation on the board is around 16%. It’s improving but the pace can be much better.