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The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) today announced plans to launch its Asian operations in April to support professional staffing companies in Singapore and other regional markets such as Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia.
In the UK, APSCo is a not for profit organisation owned by its members and the association will replicate this model in Asia.
“We had a very successful trade delegation in 2011 and we currently have around 30 members with Singaporean operations,” said APSCo chief executive, Ann Swain.
“However there is a vast recruitment market of over 2,500 organisations in Singapore. These range from those that recruit at the senior end of the market in professional sectors such as IT and finance; and those that operate at more junior levels – typically placing blue collar workers and domestic staff.”
Ms Swain added: “After undertaking research to ascertain what type of service provision was required, three main areas were identified. The opportunity to network was seen as of primary importance followed by access to professional training & development and dialogue with The Ministry of Manpower.”
The number of licensed staffing firms in Singapore has more than doubled in the past two years, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s directory on private employment agencies in the country.