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The Ministry of Manpower (Abbreviation: MOM; Malay: Kementerian Tenaga Manusia; Tamil: மனிதவள அமைச்சு; Chinese: 新加坡人力部) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore which is responsible for the formulation and implementation of labour policies related to the workforce in Singapore. The Ministry was known as Ministry of Labour until 1998.

Ministry of Manpower
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Logo of the MOM
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764
Employees2,239 (2018) [1]
Annual budgetIncrease 1.98 billion (est) SGD (2019) [2]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Aubeck Kam, Permanent Secretary
  • Augustin Lee, Deputy Secretary
  • Ping Soon Kok, Deputy Secretary (Development)
Child agencies

Singapore is ranked first among 157 countries in the inaugural World Bank Human Capital Index (HCI), which measures the human capital that a child born today can expect to attain by the age of 18.[3] In the IMD World Talent Ranking 2018, Singapore maintained its position as the best nation in Asia and 13th globally in developing, attracting and retaining highly-skilled professionals.[4][5]


Statutory BoardsEdit

Ministry of Manpower building at Havelock Road, Singapore.

The MOM oversees 15 divisions and 3 statutory boards.[6] These are:

  • Corporate Communications Department
  • Corporate Planning Department
  • Customer Responsiveness Department
  • Foreign Manpower Management Division
  • Human Resource Department
  • Income Security Policy Division
  • International Manpower Division
  • Labour Relations and Workplaces Division
  • Legal Services Department
  • Manpower Planning and Policy Division
  • Manpower Research and Statistics Department
  • Occupational Safety and Health Division
  • National Human Resources Division
  • Work Pass Division
  • Workplace Policy and Strategy Division
  • MOM Statutory Board

Minister for ManpowerEdit

Years in Office Minister
1963 – 1968 Jek Yeun Thong
1968 - 1971 S Rajaratnam
1971 - 1981 Ong Pang Boon
1981 - 1983 Ong Teng Cheong
1983 E W Barker
1983 - 1985 S Jayakumar
1985 - 1991 Lee Yock Suan
1992 - 2003 Lee Boon Yang
2003 - 2008 Ng Eng Hen
2008 - 2011 Gan Kim Yong
2011 - 2012 Tharman Shanmugaratnam
2012 - 2015 Tan Chuan-Jin
2015 - 2018 Lim Swee Say
2018-Incumbent Josephine Teo

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Asian countries dominate World Bank's new index of investment in 'human capital'". the Guardian.
  4. ^ "These countries are best at attracting and nurturing talented workers". WEF.
  5. ^ "Singapore placed 13th in World Talent Rankings, best in Asia Pacific". Yahoo news.
  6. ^ "Divisions and statutory boards". Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Singapore. Retrieved 7 May 2018.

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