Updated: 03/07/2014 23:00

Over 50 firms identified

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The Manpower Ministry has identified over 50 firms with a large proportion of foreigners in professional, managerial and executive or PME jobs since the start of the year. 

Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin says these firms are deemed to "have scope to improve their hiring and career development practices". 

This is in relation to the Fair Consideration Framework which will take effect on August the 1st. 

Under the Framework, employers have to advertise their job vacancies in the national Jobs Bank for two weeks or longer. 

After which, they're allowed to apply for an Employment Pass if necessary. 

Mr Tan gave this update during his ministry's Committee of Supply debate in Parliament today. 

He says that firms with shortcomings in their Human Resource practices will be required to implement an action plan to rectify them. 

"In some cases, the issue may not be a problem with their HR practices, but rather a gap in the skills that are available in the local workforce." 

In the meantime, the Manpower Ministry is exploring ways to support more manpower-lean business models, or develop a local pipeline of workers with the relevant skills and experience. 

Mr Tan also revealed that the Workforce Developmment Agency, WDA, is now in the process of engaging groups of employers and potential job seekers, to test the beta version of the Jobs Bank.

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