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A Quick Guide To Singapore's National Jobs Bank

Following the latest developments affecting employment practices in Singapore, the launch of the national Jobs Bank marks the final stage of the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) roll-out since it was first announced in September 2013.  
 
The Jobs Bank is a free job portal service provided to all Singapore-registered companies and local job seekers which will allow users to:

  • Advertise and manage job postings  
  • Receive applications and resumes online 
  • Search and shortlist candidates within the portal’s database 

 
While there are some Singaporeans who are sceptical about the fairness of the FCF, the ultimate objective of the new framework is to ensure that Singaporeans get a fair shot in the local job market. According to Acting Minister for Manpower (MOM) Tan Chuan-Jin, “The framework is not about ‘Hire Singaporeans First, or Hire Singaporeans Only’. What the government is doing is to help them get a fair opportunity.” 
 
Starting from 1 August 2014, the advertising rule under the FCF will come into effect. If you’re looking to hire for your company, do you know which necessary steps to take? 
 

  1. Organisations looking to hire an Employment Pass (EP) holder will have to advertise the job vacancy on the new Jobs Bank managed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
  2. The Advertising Rule states that job postings and description must comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) and published for at least 14 days.

  3. Job advertisement must include information such as: 

  • Job title 
  • Skills, experience, qualifications 
  • Closing date 
  • If the employer’s intention is to hire a foreigner or there is a possibility that the company may consider a foreigner for the position, the salary range should also be included.

       4.  EP applications must be made within three months before the closing date of job advertisement otherwise, a new advert will need to be posted. 
 
Exemptions  

  • Small firms with 25 or fewer employees 
  • Jobs which pays a fixed monthly salary of $12,000 and above 

 
Audits For Errant Firms 
 
Firms found to have low numbers of Singaporean at the Professionals, Management and Executive levels (PME) or are reported to be practising nationality-based or other discriminatory HR practices will come under scrutiny. Firms found to be non-compliant will not have applications for EPs approved and will also be subjected to additional audits. 
 
Implications for HR 
 

  1. Factor in an extra 14 days in your hiring process 
  2. Keep track of the ratio of Singaporean to foreign employees and ensure that it is within industry means 
  3. If you outsource recruitment, the recruitment agency / head-hunter is required to advertise on the jobs bank on behalf of the firm following the FCF and TAFEP guidelines 

 
For more information about the FCF, download the free HR guide here. 
 
References: 
Jobsbank.gov.sg 
Fair Consideration Framework