Wednesday, June 17, 2009

IR'S in High Gear to Hire

By Tessa Wong The Straits Time Singapore

EVEN as the Marina Bay hotel tower blocks and Sentosa roller-coaster tracks take shape, the human resources departments of the two integrated resorts have swung into high gear.

The two attractions need a total of 20,000 employees but the number of applications received is several times that.

Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has received 'tens of thousands', and Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS), 'more than 50,000'.

MBS said on Tuesday that so far, it has taken in 200 people in corporate, hotel operations, food and beverage and other areas, and will offer casino positions to over 1,000 workers this week.

The latest hires are all Singaporeans, with eight in 10 between 20 and 40 years old. Nearly two-thirds are men. MBS mounted an aggressive recruitment drive, roping in NTUC's skills-based institute e2i to screen the applications.

Those among the 1,000 who accept the job offer will need to be individually licensed by the Casino Regulatory Authority. After that, they will be put through a three-month in-house training course to turn them into dealers, dealer inspectors and pit supervisors.

About 3,500 casino positions are still available at MBS, including those in areas such as casino finance, player development and surveillance.

Other vacancies in non-gaming departments such as security and hotel operations are also still available.

Suitable candidates will be identified for these positions in the coming weeks and months as the resort builds up its 'pioneer team', said MBS president Nigel Roberts. Construction of the resort is expected to be completed by year's end. Interested parties may apply for the remaining jobs at

Recruitment will ramp up in the coming months as the resort is on target to open early next year.

Read the full report in Wednesday's edition of the Straits Times


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