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Philippines – 16 staffing firms face the axe

22 March 2013

16 staffing companies which deployed workers to Hong Kong face suspension for collecting excessive placement fees, according to the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines (SHARP).

The organisation is the largest body of licensed recruitment agencies deploying workers to Hong Kong. The Philippine overseas labour office in Hong Kong has filed complaints against 16 firms for breaching the government’s no placement fee policy. Under the rules, recruitment firms could lose their operating licenses for charging illegal placement fees.

The president of SHARP, Alfredo Palmiery, said: “We have learned that these 16 agencies should be facing 30 cases of violations of the policy.”

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has strict rules on deploying overseas workers, but illegal recruitment practices still make the news on a regular basis. It recently cancelled the licence of a staffing company in Taiwan for charging placement fees. And earlier this month, the POEA suspended two recruiters over the death of an overseas worker.

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