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Gan Siow Huang on CPF contributions to “phantom workers”

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From 2015 to 2021, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) received about 660 reports a year on firms inflating their foreign worker quotas by making CPF contributions to locals who were not working for them - known as “phantom workers”. Administrative financial penalties were issued against 11 employers a year over that period. The median penalty was S$15,000 and the penalties ranged from S$1,250 to S$200,000. Firms were also given cautions, told to rectify breaches or banned from hiring migrant workers. MOM has been using data analytics to generate leads and also conducts no-notice enforcement checks. These details were given by Minister of State for Manpower Gan Siow Huang in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9) in reply to an MP’s questions.

From 2015 to 2021, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) received about 660 reports a year on firms inflating their foreign worker quotas by making CPF contributions to locals who were not working for them - known as “phantom workers”. Administrative financial penalties were issued against 11 employers a year over that period. The median penalty was S$15,000 and the penalties ranged from S$1,250 to S$200,000. Firms were also given cautions, told to rectify breaches or banned from hiring migrant workers. MOM has been using data analytics to generate leads and also conducts no-notice enforcement checks. These details were given by Minister of State for Manpower Gan Siow Huang in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9) in reply to an MP’s questions.

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