Singapore hiring companies will be required to consider citizens first over foreign workers starting next year. Their government will require companies to prove that they tried to hire a Singaporean for open positions. According to Fox News on Sept. 23, the new rules will take effect August 2014.
The Ministry of Manpower said companies that discriminate against citizens 'will be subject to additional scrutiny' when they apply for employment passes for foreign professionals.
Singapore hiring companies will need to give residents a fair chance at job openings and development opportunities. These measures were spurred on by both online complaints and protest by citizens. Jobs will need to be first advertised to Singaporeans. If no citizens qualify, then foreigners may be hired.
Singaporeans are complaining more and in larger numbers as of late. Over 3,000 people attended anti-government rallies earlier this year. Locals are also aware of outsiders competing with them for not only jobs, but homes, schools and room on the heavily used public transportation system.
About one-third of employees of Singapore hiring companies are currently non-residents. Singapore's total workforce numbered 3.36 million as of 2012. Small businesses with under 25 employees or those looking to fill positions paying more than $10,000 a month will be exempt.
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