Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Industries Where Inmates have Secured Jobs Upon Their Release from Prison, by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 05 April 2021


Mr Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim
: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) for each of the years between 2015 and 2020, what are the industries in which inmates have secured jobs upon their release from prison, broken down by percentage of job placements for each industry; and (b) of those inmates who have secured jobs, what is the percentage who are imprisoned because of drug-related offences.


  1. Between 2015 and 2020, Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG) assisted more than 2,000 inmates each year to secure jobs upon their release. We do not have the data for those who declined YRSG’s assistance. 

  2. For inmates who secured jobs with YRSG’s assistance, the breakdown of job placements in the top five industries in 2015-2020 is shown in Table 1 below.

    Table 1 – Breakdown of Job Placements for Top Five Industries in 2015-2020


    2015-2020 Average


    Food & Beverage


    Logistics & Wholesale Trade


    Environmental Services






  3. Of the inmates who secured jobs with YRSG’s assistance between 2015-2020, 81% had committed drug-related offences.