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Singapore – Recruitment ban for discriminatory jobs advertisements

26 September 2013

A six-month recruitment ban has been levied on 10 companies in Singapore for their discriminatory recruitment practices. The 10 companies have also been ordered to publically apologise for their actions, according to Yahoo news

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that the firms involved were unable to give valid explanations for restricting their recruitment to exclusive groups. Clauses within the job advertisements posted by some of these firms included discrimination by age, nationality and gender. The firms and the reasons for their barring are:

  • PSC Biotech Pte Ltd: Requiring Singapore PR, Employment or Dependants' pass holders for a human resource manager position.
  • Winshire Education Centre: Specifying a preference for "Malaysians with teaching experience" for a full-time teaching position.
  • Dr.Ci:Labo Pte Ltd: Indicating "age 30-50" and "Japanese or Singaporean" as a requirement for a general manager position.
  • Modern Pak Pte Ltd: Stating "age range requirements" of "25-35 years old" for an administrative/office assistant position.
  • Global Citizen Forum: Seeking a director "aged around 30 years".
  • Youbook Pte Ltd: Sought a "Singaporean/Singapore PR/Malaysian" for a project manager position for a client company, without informing them about the advertisement or its contents.
  • Accredit HR Consultancy: Posted an advertisement on its client's behalf, stating "Filipinos welcomed" for an assistant store manager position, despite its client not indicating such a preference.
  • Stafflink Services Pte Ltd: Misinterpreted its client's requirements for a marketing executive position, putting up an advertisement indicating a "female environment", requiring an age range of between "18-26".
  • Sky Asia Consulting Pte Ltd: Indicating it "preferred female Chinese" applicants for administration co-ordinator and sales support positions in an advertisement for a client, when the latter did not indicate the preference and was not aware of the ad.
  • Zingmi Pte Ltd: It included "so let us hear from all the Singapore Permanent Residents from Malaysia – Truly Asia" as part of an advertisement for a bank treasury dealer position on behalf of a client, despite the client company not instructing them to do so.

In March 2013 two other companies, Expedia Singapore and Incofood Singapore, were investigated by the ministry for discriminatory hiring practices. They, too, published public apologies for their actions.

The Ministry of Manpower said in a statement: "MOM expects all employers doing business in Singapore to comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices, and put in place fair employment practices. MOM views non-compliance with the Tripartite Guidelines seriously, and strongly urges companies and employment agencies acting on their behalf to familiarise themselves (with the guidelines)."

One of the companies, Accredit HR Consultancy Ltd, posted the following apology on their website: “It is with great concern and regret we received the complaint against a discriminatory job ad posted on Jobstreet ([for] the position of Assistant Store Manager indicating “Filipinos Welcomes”). First and foremost, Accredit HR Consultancy Pte Ltd, would like to personally apologise to all parties concerned who were disturbed by the advertisement. We accept full responsibility for the mistake and we assure you we are taking the necessary steps to prevent it from happening in the future.”

“All staffs (sic) have been further reiterated the importance of adhering to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices. There will be an (sic) Senior Consultant appointed to ensure all advertisements are vetted through before posting online.”

“Furthermore, the Consultant responsible for this ordeal will [be] dealt a stern warning letter emphasising that similar offence will not be tolerated. We would like to hereby affirms (sic) its commitment towards fair employment and supports the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.”

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