National Jobs Bank should cater to openings in all work categories: Tan Chuan-Jin
- POSTED: 25 Dec 2013 16:40
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Singapore's Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in the longer term, he would like to see an all-encompassing National Jobs Bank that would advertise job requirements for all work categories, and not just cater to vacancies currently filled by Employment Pass (EP) holders.
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in the longer term, he would like to see an all-encompassing National Jobs Bank that would advertise job requirements for all work categories, and not just cater to vacancies currently filled by Employment Pass (EP) holders.
When the National Jobs Bank kicks off in the middle of 2014, employers looking for workers in the EP category can submit an EP application only if they have not been successful in recruiting a Singaporean after the advertising period.
For the longer term, Mr Tan said the mark of the job portal's success is when everyone goes to it as a primary search portal.
Mr Tan said: “We are looking forward to it, keeping it simple, we are in the process of constructing that, we need to test it, we are also gathering feedback from other job portals, working closely with them, get their inputs and see what else we can do with that platform.
“Obviously this raises concerns with existing jobs portals and we recognise that, and we are looking at how best to work with the existing jobs portals to see whether (there is) some form of partnership because there are strengths they have.”
Mr Tan also said the second phase of the ongoing review of the Employment Act is looking at some new trends in the employment world.
He said: "More people are looking to working on contract, rather than long term. How do you then protect them and look after them? For example, CASE exists to deal with some of the disputes people may have. Can we have an equivalent or somewhat related set-up where we can help the workforce, which have disputes which are non-statutory in nature by providing them a fairly easy access, expeditious, slightly lower-cost process rather than go through the civil legal route? That is also something we are looking at to make sure that we can look after our workforce adequately.”
The ministry expects to complete work on the second phase of the Employment Act review in the next one to two years.