‘Important enhance’ in corporations with work cross privileges suspended for discriminatory hiring practices

'Significant increase' in firms with work pass privileges suspended for discriminatory hiring practices

SINGAPORE: The work cross privileges of about 70 employers had been suspended within the first half of this 12 months for discriminatory hiring practices.

It is a “important enhance” from 35 in the entire of 2019, in response to the newest Employment Requirements Report.

About 43 per cent of them had been recognized by the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) proactive investigation efforts by way of knowledge analytics, whereas 57 per cent had been recognized by complaints obtained by MOM and Tripartite Alliance for Honest & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP).

The report was launched on Thursday (Nov 19) by MOM, TAFEP and the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Administration (TADM).

Authorities additionally investigated about 260 circumstances of attainable discriminatory hiring practices within the first half of this 12 months, up from 160 circumstances in the identical interval in 2019.

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“The rise was attributable to extra public training efforts on reporting cases of office discrimination to TAFEP, in addition to MOM’s enhanced detection of unfair hiring behaviour by way of knowledge analytics,” mentioned an MOM spokesperson.

“To proactively deal with discrimination and enhance the notion of equity on the office, MOM displays the workforce profile of employers for potential unfair hiring practices, investigates these in attainable breach, and has additionally taken stern motion towards those that attempt to circumvent truthful hiring necessities underneath the Honest Consideration Framework (FCF),” mentioned the report.

It added that since 2016, MOM has been “proactively figuring out” employers with the next share of overseas professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) in comparison with trade friends, or these with a “excessive focus of a single overseas nationality supply”.

These employers are then positioned on the FCF watchlist, with their employment cross purposes held again whereas TAFEP helps them enhance their human useful resource practices. Most corporations on this record exit inside a 12 months, mentioned the report.

Since 2016, greater than 1,200 employers have been scrutinised underneath the FCF, mentioned the report. MOM has rejected, withheld or withdrawn a complete of three,200 employment cross purposes by these employers.

Employers on the FCF watchlist have employed greater than 4,800 Singaporean PMETs, the report added.


To deal with office discrimination, authorities have since January imposed stiffer penalties for all types of discriminatory hiring.

Employers who breach the Tripartite Pointers on Honest Employment Practices can be barred from hiring new overseas staff or renewing current ones for between 12 and 24 months.

MOM additionally launched new licence circumstances for employment businesses, mandating compliance with truthful recruitment necessities when recruiting for purchasers.

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Licensed businesses should not in any method abet discriminatory hiring by their purchasers, corresponding to by withholding purposes primarily based on age, race, nationality, gender and incapacity.

They need to additionally temporary purchasers on the necessities, make “cheap effort” to draw Singaporeans for vacancies and “take into account all candidates primarily based on advantage”, mentioned the report.


Based on a 2018 survey performed by MOM, 69 per cent of employers had put in place processes to make sure truthful hiring practices and this proportion had been “growing steadily” since 2010.

Nonetheless, the share of job seekers who perceived discrimination rose from 10 per cent in 2014 to fifteen per cent in 2018.

The survey concerned 3,390 institutions and three,125 job seekers and staff, mentioned MOM.

TAFEP takes a “critical view” of office discrimination, mentioned its normal supervisor Religion Li. 

“We now have stepped up our efforts to scrutinise extra circumstances of potential office discrimination and can proceed to work with MOM to take motion towards discriminatory employers.”

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