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.

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. 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...

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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