All Singapore Stuff, anything wrong for SQ to hire foreigners since Singapore has a shrinking pool of local talents and a tight labour market?
Moreover, the foreigners will be hired on local terms without expatriate packages!
If they don’t find foreigners, without sufficient local talents, who is going to fly the planes?
his is believed to be the first time that SIA has publicly cast its net wide for cockpit crew.
The airline said the majority of its current pool of about 2,000 cockpit crew are either Singaporeans or permanent residents.
Only 20 are foreign nationals, made up of Malaysians and Indians.
Spokesman Nicholas Ionides said: “We continue to recruit mainly Singaporeans. Over 80 per cent of our pilots are Singaporeans.
“As an international airline, we do have employees of various nationalities, including pilots who must meet our stringent requirements. This policy has not changed.”
Foreigners are employed on local terms, which means they do not get expatriate packages that include, among other perks, housing allowances.
SIA, which has ordered 67 Airbus 350s that started arriving last year, did not say how many more pilots it needs to hire in the coming years to operate a growing fleet.
It takes about three years to train a cadet pilot.