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19 May 2012

FairPrice hires Singaporeans first

This is in reference to recent online chatter regarding the recruitment of foreign workers and we would like to clarify our position.

As one of the largest retailers in Singapore, it has always been a challenge hiring people for the service industry. As part of the labour movement, NTUC FairPrice's recruitment policy has always been to hire Singaporeans first. This policy has enabled us to maintain a primarily local workforce. Currently, about 90 percent of our staff are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents. Over 80 percent of our total workforce are Singapore citizens.

As we open more stores to serve our customers better, we also need more staff to fill all the vacancies. Besides advertising these vacancies in local dailies to hire Singaporeans and PRs, we have also worked with various agencies like Community Development Councils, the Women's Development Secretariat, e2i, various polytechnics and institutes of technical education to name a few.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to fill all the vacancies and, hence, need to seek alternative manpower resources in neighbouring countries such as China and the Philippines.

Currently, we have various vacancies such as Retail Assistants, Cashiers, Store Keepers and Skilled Cutters, to fill across our branches island-wide and we welcome job-seekers to submit their applications for these vacancies to us at recruit@fairprice.com.sg or visit us at www.fairprice.com.sg - Careers for more details.

Thank you.

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