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Parliament: MP Foo Mee Har champions active hiring of qualified locals

Published on May 26, 2014 3:16 PM
 
Firms should have to give priority to Singaporeans for jobs if they have suitable qualifications and experience, Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC) said in the debate on the President's Address on Monday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Firms should have to give priority to Singaporeans for jobs if they have suitable qualifications and experience, Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC) said in the debate on the President's Address on Monday.

"It is time that we move our manpower policies for PMEs (professionals, managers and executives) from a defensive, anti-discrimination position to one where we actively promote and champion the hiring and development of Singaporeans," she said.

She noted that the Manpower Ministry's Fair Consideration Framework, which will take effect from August 1, will require firms to advertise on a jobs bank for 14 days before applying to hire foreign PMEs on Employment Passes. However, the firm's eventual hiring decision is left up to them.

"The Manpower Minister further emphasized that FCF is not about 'Hire Singaporeans First' - but many are asking, "Why not?'" said Ms Foo.

 
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