SINGAPORE - MAJORITY OF EMPLOYERS WILLING TO HIRE OVERSEAS RETURNEES: HAYS
(Aug.19, 2019, /staffingindustry.com/)A majority, or 82%, of employers in Singapore are eager to employ an overseas returnee in the coming year, according to survey data from Hays.
In the survey, Hays asked candidates who have studied or worked overseas, “Would you be willing to hire a local returnee in the next 12 months?” to which 82% of employers in Singapore said ‘yes’.
Employers were also asked about the benefits overseas returnees could bring to their organisation. While 79% voted ‘cross-cultural awareness’, this was followed closely by 71% who said ‘different perspectives on business’ and 62% who said ‘overseas commercial experience’ were key advantages of having overseas returnees in their workforce.
When asked about their satisfaction rates of overseas returnee staff, 39% of employers in Singapore were ‘satisfied’ and 9% were ‘very satisfied’, while 2% were ‘unsatisfied’ or ‘very unsatisfied’.
Grant Torrens, Regional Director at Hays Singapore, commented, “With dwindling confidence in recruiting locally for the essential talent needed to drive growth, employers look with favour on overseas returnees who bring ample value to the table.”
“Overseas returnees are therefore in a good position to highlight their experiences working or studying abroad,” Torrens said. “They could stand to benefit from displaying their cross-cultural awareness in particular, and how it would help improve existing business processes and translate into business value. Many firms hold in high regard the international experience and local cultural understanding that overseas returnees can offer in the country’s globalised economy.”