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Business and employers federations as well as the labour movement have reacted positively to the new Fair Consideration Framework. In particular, they welcomed the proposed creation of a national jobs bank, saying it is timely.
SINGAPORE: Business and employers federations as well as the labour movement have reacted positively to the new Fair Consideration Framework.
In particular, they welcomed the proposed creation of a national jobs bank, saying it is timely.
The latest Fair Consideration Framework is a light-touch approach to managing recruitment practices.
That is the view of both the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).
Both organisations emphasise the importance of a Singaporean core.
ASME president Chan Chong Beng said: "Singaporean employers must also go back to the reality, which is to employ Singaporeans because… foreigners have no roots here, (so) they should continue to train a pool of Singaporeans to run their business."
The business agencies also welcome the proposal of mandatory advertising on one central website as they say it will provide a critical mass of job candidates and can be the first and main contact point between job seekers and employers.
SNEF president Stephen Lee said: "You bring together the job seekers and the employers together onto one platform...from that platform you can do some data mining - you can see what sorts of jobs are emerging or if there is a future trend of new skills required. So there are some (benefits) and there are no costs for employers to do this."
The SNEF has suggested that the Fair Consideration Framework exempts jobs with critical skills that are in short supply. It also suggests that the government consider establishing a skills shortage list.
NTUC's director of PME (professionals, managers and executives) unit, Patrick Tay, said: "We are not turning away foreign PMEs totally, neither are we turning away foreign investments. It is a balanced approach.
"We know there are certain skills which are highly specialised, so this Fair Consideration Framework will...allow in certain instances where specific skills or knowledge are required, companies and employers can continue to hire foreign PMEs in this respect."
The Fair Consideration Framework comes into effect from August 1 next year.
The business agencies are looking forward to more details from the government on how it would be implemented and enforced.