- January 10, 2023
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Daily News
- In the latest national business survey of 931 firms, 74% hope that the Singapore budget 2023 would support them in addressing costs, 57% hope for help in manpower challenges and 48% with assistance in cash flow management.
- Other areas of support required include help with the transformation and deepening of enterprise capabilities (38%), support in obtaining credit (33%) and helping businesses to internationalise (29%)
- In terms of top challenges faced by Singapore businesses, these largely related to the increase in overall business costs and manpower.
- Almost all of the companies indicated that they continue to face manpower issues. These include rising manpower costs, attracting and/or retaining younger workers, new foreign manpower policies raising costs, limited pool of local high-skilled labour, and stricter policies that restrict the supply of foreign workers.
- Their top cost challenges were wages, logistical costs, overall cost pass-through and procurement costs, and utilities.
- Despite this, business sentiment has improved for the second consecutive year since the pandemic.