IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? The number of companies on the Ministry of Manpower’s watch list has vastly expanded from 100 companies last year to 250 this year. In a recent incident, 50 companies were denied work pass privileges because they did not give appropriate consideration to Singaporean job candidates under the Fair Consideration Framework.
What does the change mean? Companies should be aware of the ministry’s emphasis on enforcing the Framework as part of its overarching goals to strengthen the Singaporean workforce by rewarding companies that favor local workers and penalizing those whose employment practices treat local workers unfairly.
BAL Analysis: The expansion in the number of companies on the watch list and the recent enforcement efforts against dozens of companies on the list are a reminder to all employers in Singapore that the Ministry of Manpower is focused on the Fair Consideration Framework and using both carrot and stick to induce companies to strengthen their local workforce.
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