Grading scheme for maid agencies runs into a snag

When the Trustmark scheme is ready, agencies will need to be graded by the Consumers Association of Singapore and the Manpower Ministry before they can renew their licences.
When the Trustmark scheme is ready, agencies will need to be graded by the Consumers Association of Singapore and the Manpower Ministry before they can renew their licences.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Issues raised during consultation sessions; launch target missed by more than a year

A planned scheme to grade maid employment agencies and boost the professionalism of the industry has been delayed for over a year after several issues were raised during consultation sessions.

The Trustmark scheme was first announced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in March 2016, and was meant to be rolled out by December 2017. That target has been missed by more than a year and it is not yet clear when the scheme will be launched.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2019, with the headline 'Grading scheme for maid agencies runs into a snag'. Print Edition | Subscribe