Singapore – Ministry of Manpower Increases Reporting Requirements on Recruitment Process

What is changing?

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is now requesting more detailed information in relation to the Jobs Bank advert posting and recruitment process when an Employment Pass (EP) application is submitted.

Who will be affected?

  • All firms applying for Employment Passes in Singapore

What to Expect

Previously, employers were required to provide information as to whether Singaporeans were interviewed and the reasons for not hiring a Singaporean for the role.

Now, Employment Pass Online (EPOL) requests more detailed information, such as how the Employment Pass applicant was sourced and the number of applicants who applied, were interviewed, were offered the job and were hired. It is also mandatory to provide a breakdown of the number of Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and foreigners for each stage of the application process. This is in addition to the reason(s) for not hiring a Singaporean for the role.

The change appeared on Employment Pass Online with no prior notice.

Firms in Singapore will need to make sure they effectively track the number of applications and the personal information (nationality) of applicants for all recruitment processes where the applicant who is ultimately hired may require an Employment Pass.

This is another example of the growing trend of the Singapore authorities making sure that employers conduct a fair and transparent recruitment search and to enhance the principal of a Singapore core at the centre of its workforce.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Our clients may contact us for more information on the impact of this change or to obtain more details on the additional information requested by MOM.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.