SINGAPORE has launched a jobs website favouring citizens and permanent residents in response to mounting complaints that foreigners are stealing professional jobs from locals.
The Workforce Development Agency said the “Jobs Bank” website would match employment opportunities with profiles of locals seeking employment or a change of jobs.
From Aug 1, companies needing professional workers must advertise on the site for at least 14 days before they can seek an employment pass for a foreigner from the Ministry of Manpower.
This will allow Singaporeans to take first crack at job openings.
The website offers vacancies in sectors such as accounting, banking, engineering, science and sales.
More than 16,000 positions are currently available, about half of them for professionals, managers and executives.
The ruling People’s Action Party has moved to curb the entry of foreign workers in the face of complaints from citizens they are competing for jobs, public housing, healthcare and space in public transport. — AFP