Move to recruit Sporeans first a 'major signal' that firms should not go for easy option
The recent move requiring companies to prove they tried to hire Singaporeans first before turning to foreigners is a strong signal from the Government that firms should not settle for the "easy option", Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said on Sunday.
"This is the first major signalling (by the Government)...that you must give priority to Singaporeans," said the veteran unionist. "If you look at our history, from the time we became independent to now... we have not had such a signalling."
Madam Halimah, who is MP for Jurong GRC, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the official launch of a new social service hub for senior citizens in Bukit Batok East.
Under the new measures which will take effect in August next year, all companies with more than 25 employees must advertise professional, manager and executive (PME) posts that pay less than $12,000 a month, at a new government-run jobs bank. The advertisements have to run for at least 14 days before they can apply to the Ministry of Manpower for an Employment Pass (EP) for a foreigner. Those who fail to use the jobs bank will have their EP applications rejected.