10 firms temporarily barred from hiring foreigners after discriminatory ads

Counters at the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) Employment Pass Service Centre. The MOM has taken action against 10 firms after finding their job ads to be discriminatory and not in line with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices. -- FI
Counters at the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) Employment Pass Service Centre. The MOM has taken action against 10 firms after finding their job ads to be discriminatory and not in line with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices. -- FILE PHOTO: MOM 

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has taken action against 10 firms after finding their job ads to be discriminatory and not in line with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.

The firms had to put up public apologies online for 30 days, and are barred from hiring new foreign workers for six months after the apologies were put up. In their ads, they had mentioned specific attributes such as age, gender or nationality, but could not provide valid justifications for doing so.

The MOM gave details of the firms in a statement on Wednesday. The firms are PSC Biotech, Winshire Education Centre, Dr.Ci:Labo, Modern Pak, Global Citizen Forum, Youbook, Accredit HR Consultancy, Stafflink Services, Sky Asia Consulting and Zingmi.

This is the second time this year which MOM has taken action against discriminatory job ads. The first was in March when two firms - Expedia Singapore and Incofood Singapore - were dealt with.