Singapore tightens rules for skilled foreign workers

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Singapore workersSingapore’s government announced rules on September 23 that will force many companies operating in the city-state to consider Singaporeans for skilled job vacancies before turning to candidates from abroad.

From August 2014, firms with more than 25 employees must advertise a vacancy for professional or managerial jobs paying less than S$12,000 ($9,600) a month on a new jobs bank administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency for at least 14 days. Only after that period can the company apply for an employment pass to bring in a foreign national.

The city-state will also raise the qualifying salaries for employment pass holders to at least S$3,300 ($2,640) a month, up from the current S$3,000 $(2,400) starting from January 2014.

The Ministry of Manpower said it will also scrutinise companies that “have a disproportionately low concentration of Singaporeans” in professional or management positions compared with others in the industry.

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Singapore’s government announced rules on September 23 that will force many companies operating in the city-state to consider Singaporeans for skilled job vacancies before turning to candidates from abroad.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Singapore workersSingapore’s government announced rules on September 23 that will force many companies operating in the city-state to consider Singaporeans for skilled job vacancies before turning to candidates from abroad.

From August 2014, firms with more than 25 employees must advertise a vacancy for professional or managerial jobs paying less than S$12,000 ($9,600) a month on a new jobs bank administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency for at least 14 days. Only after that period can the company apply for an employment pass to bring in a foreign national.

The city-state will also raise the qualifying salaries for employment pass holders to at least S$3,300 ($2,640) a month, up from the current S$3,000 $(2,400) starting from January 2014.

The Ministry of Manpower said it will also scrutinise companies that “have a disproportionately low concentration of Singaporeans” in professional or management positions compared with others in the industry.

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