Companies faced with a manpower crunch are offering bonuses, medical benefits and even supermarket vouchers to attract and retain part-time workers.
They are competing to hire students, housewives and older people to help make up for foreign workers who have become costlier to hire since the Government raised levies and imposed higher salary criteria for foreigners to qualify for work passes.
The past year has also seen the average hourly rate for part-time work rise from around $6.50 to $9, recruitment experts told The Sunday Times. It has even hit $10 in industries such as food and beverage and telephone customer support, which are highly dependent on foreign workers.
Part-timers work less than 35 hours a week and are entitled by law to rest days, overtime pay and pro-rated leave. But several firms told The Sunday Times they are doing even more.