Singapore has traditionally been heavily dependent on foreign workers in the long-term care (LTC) sector. This renders the workforce unstable, as foreign workers are easily drawn to nearby countries that offer better pay for direct care workers.

Around 70 per cent of direct care workers in Singapore’s LTC sector are foreigners – compared with 32 per cent in Australia, less than 10 per cent in Japan and 5 per cent or less in Hong Kong and South Korea.

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