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Singapore – Major staffing firms banned from hiring foreigners for six months

28 November 2013

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has taken action against firms posting discriminatory job advertisements by banning 15 companies, including 11 recruitment companies, from hiring foreign workers for six months. In addition to the ban, the companies have been instructed by the MoM to publish apologies online for a minimum of 30 days. 

The companies violated the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices by placing job advertisements online requiring a specific attribute that may be viewed as discriminatory. In the advertisements, the companies mentioned specific attributes; such as age, gender, and nationality. When challenged none of the companies could provide valid justifications for requesting such attributes.  

Among the companies facing a ban are RGF HR Agent which is owned by the large Japanese staffing firm, Recruit and the Australian firm Talent2 in which US recruiter Allegis has a 50% investment. RGF HR Agent advertised a preference for Vietnamese nationality for a financial role while Talent2 published an ad indicating a preference for ‘PRs’ (Permanent Residents) for an onsite recruitment consultant position. Both companies subsequently posted an apology.

Other employment agencies affected are Wanco Manpower, Chiu Teng Enterprises, Cayman Management Consultants, Renaissance Management Services, , Singapore Human Resource Consultants, Imag Global Resources, New Channel Manpower International, and Ministry of Recruiters.

In September 10 companies were banned for similar actions. Since March 2013, 27 companies have been penalised by the MoM for breaching the Tripartite Guidelines on discriminatory job advertisements.

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