With the changes to the R1 criteria for the Process Sector, it seeks to encourage retention of skilled and productive workers in the Construction and Process sectors, as these sectors have relied heavily on Work Permit Holders (WPHs).
This was done by granting the benefit of a lower R1 levy to those who posses the traits of skilled and productive workers (i.e. a combination of skills test qualification, salary and experience). Thus, these were developed after consultation with chemical plant owners, and process construction and maintenance contractors.
With accordance to the previous Manpower Policy Factsheet, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) had come up with a FAQ to address issues on measures to raise the quality and facilitate more optimal deployment of the foreign workforce.