Most firms in Singapore hire based on skills not nationality: Recruiters

Skills take precedence over nationality, and it can be challenging to find suitable local talent

New licensing conditions for employment agencies, which take effect on Oct 1, state that such agencies must adhere to guidelines such as having consistent and fair selection criteria throughout the recruitment process and developing a Singaporean core, wh
New licensing conditions for employment agencies, which take effect on Oct 1, state that such agencies must adhere to guidelines such as having consistent and fair selection criteria throughout the recruitment process and developing a Singaporean core, when recruiting for their clients. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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Most companies here hire based on skills rather than nationality, several recruitment firms told The Straits Times.

They said that although the new licensing conditions announced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) last week to ensure fair hiring may lengthen slightly the time taken to match candidates to employers due to additional paperwork, they will not have to significantly change the way they operate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2020, with the headline Most firms in Singapore hire based on skills not nationality: Recruiters. Subscribe