kaseyma wrote:Too bad citizens with those skills seem to be in the group of a quarter million that have gone where those skills are most appreciated, and those left behind seem only able to dream up shallow appeasements.
Perhaps it is ironic that to achieve step-1 of the 'miracle' economic journey, SG has driven out many of the citizen's who will be required in order to achieve step-2 (replacing the higher end FT workforce with SCs).
What does SG need to become to stop local talent quitting?
Then there is a catch-22. It seems that to compete vs higher end FT, SCs need to spend time working abroad. But by going abroad some it seems find greener pastures. How do you create a top-tier of SC employees, who've necessarily broadened out their skills abroad, who actively want to return to SG? I think this is what Contact Singapore [CS] seeks to address. But an advice-line, and a goody-bag of Yeo's cooking sauces does not seem enough to tip the balance. [Have quitters moved to a post-goody-bag space?] Free Mercedes, free condo
? (I pondered this briefly 1/4-seriously)... nope, SCs who have quit to some extent have moved to a 'post-materialistic' space, at least compared to life in SG. So gifts and freebies won't bring them back.
Creating CS showed good foresight, but I don't know if such an agency can ultimately offer what might be required. Having more onerous hiring rules for MNC's, trying to force them to hire locals and quitters might tip the balance for those companies themselves to quit. That was where the previous reference to Ayn Rand's philosophy comes in. Is a goody-bag of three packets of cooking sauce going to tempt back the SC-quitter who moved to Europe, got a job, married local, started a family, and now runs her own catering business and shop [actual example]? Or the SC who is now in an official gay marriage, and has a senior position in a NYC law firm? [another actual example, and I know of plenty more of these kind of SCs who each have compelling reasons not to move back].