Public Service to build capabilities and enhance schemes

Digital, engineering capabilities key focus for the Public Service.

02 Mar 2017

To position Singapore for the future, the Public Service will need to be closely coordinated in policy formulation and policy execution, and to harness and manage national resources more effectively. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister-in-Charge of the Civil Service Teo Chee Hean, announced in Parliament that the Public Service will focus on several key areas moving forward.

Developing Digital Capabilities: The Government will build up a core of 250 IT professionals in GovTech and the Cyber Security Agency, who would support important areas in the Public Service, and collaborate with Singapore’s universities and industries to adopt new technologies.

10,000 public officers would also be trained in digital capabilities such as data analytics and data science over the next four years.

Enhancing Engineering Expertise: Two new Centres of Excellence (CentEx) will be created – JTC for underground caverns and LTA for tunnelling – to better optimise Singapore’s land resources. These CentExs will develop and share specialised technical knowledge within the Public Service, and optimise the development of these specialties across the public sector.

Better Re-Employment Schemes: From 1 July 2017, public officers’ wages will no longer be reduced when they are re-employed to the same job grade, allowing them to receive their last drawn salary.

Enhancement to Medical Benefits:
From 1 July 2017, public officers will be covered up to 28 days of in-hospital stay at community hospitals, providing better access for these officers to the services offered by community hospitals.

Human Resources: A new integrated HR and payroll management system will be ready by 2020 to automate HR processes and claims. The system will replace and integrate the different systems used in different ministries and agencies.

More Inclusive Workplace: In addition to partnering Voluntary Welfare Organisations to create job opportunities, champions among senior management in public agencies will drive the hiring and integration of persons with disabilities in their organisations.

DPM Teo added that the Public Service plays an important role in Singapore’s nation building, and will continue to ensure good governance and effective execution to prepare Singapore for the future.

Source: Speech by DPM Teo Chee Hean at the COS 2017