Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rolls-Royce to create 10% more jobs in Singapore

Rolls-Royce to create 10% more jobs in Singapore

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Rolls-Royce will increase its headcount in Singapore by about 10 per cent. THE STRAITS TIMES

Rolls-Royce to create 10% more jobs in Singapore

British engineering giant Rolls-Royce is set to create more jobs in Singapore this year as it expands into the rest of Southeast Asia.

The firm will increase its headcount in Singapore by about 10 per cent, hiring technicians and engineers as it moves to increase its plane engine production capacity, Rolls-Royce’s president for Southeast Asia, Pacific and South Korea, Dr Bicky Bhangu, said on Wednesday.

During a media roundtable at the Rolls-Royce pavilion at the Singapore Airshow, Bhangu said the company currently employs 2,500 people in Singapore, including at its Seletar campus and Singapore Aero Engine Services in Changi, a joint venture with SIA Engineering Company for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work.

The company will be hiring 230 more people this year – 80 for the Seletar campus, and 150 for the MRO facility. Bhangu added that 85 per cent of the Rolls-Royce staff are Singaporeans or permanent residents.

“We are working very closely with our five polytechnics, with our ITE [Institute of Technical Education], and with the unions and several ministries, to make sure that Singapore is upscaling at the same rate that we are ramping up our capacity,” said Bhangu.

He said the British firm made 200 engines in Singapore last year, and the aim is to increase the production capacity of its Seletar facility to 250 annually to cater to regional demand.

The firm’s growth in Singapore and the region has been “very positive” since its decision to set up shop in the city-state in 2009.

“We’ve seen 10 per cent growth year on year. Asean continues to be a double-digit growth for us in the very near future,” he said.

Rolls-Royce has been able to use Singapore as a springboard to the rest of the region because of the Singapore government’s role in supporting the aerospace and MRO sector, said Bhangu.

Rolls-Royce chief technology officer (CTO) Paul Stein said one challenge moving forward was the question of sustainability and combating climate change, issues which the aviation industry has to contend with.

He said: “Even though aviation is two per cent of global CO2 [carbon dioxide emissions] today, if we don’t do anything else with decarbonisation, aviation will stick out like a sore thumb, as being a contributor to global warming, so we need to do something about it and we are doing something about it.”

Stein noted that at the Paris Air Show last year, aviation CTOs, including himself, agreed to ensure their companies actively adopted sustainability efforts, such as pursuing fuel efficiency.

Bhangu said the mindset of Rolls-Royce staff was also geared towards sustainability, beyond just its products and services. For example, it has installed solar panels at its Seletar campus and also committed to a zero greenhouse gas emission target by 2030.

He noted that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong dedicated a significant portion of his National Day Rally speech last year to highlighting the importance of sustainability.

“So yes, I think that the movement is starting, and we’re glad that it is starting. We are bringing our journey and Singapore’s journey together.

“I think we have a lot more work to do, and we need to take that journey to Asean as well,” said Bhangu.



  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese