16 Aug '11, 4pm

ASME disappointed over stricter Employment Pass criteria

ASME disappointed over stricter Employment Pass criteria

SINGAPORE: Small and medium-sized firms in Singapore are disappointed with government measures to tighten the criteria for hiring foreign workers. They say that business costs will go up, and a time they are still facing a labour crunch. The Manpower Ministry (MOM) is introducing measures which tighten the eligibility requirements for those entering lower and mid-level professional, managerial and executive jobs. The more stringent requirements will include better educational qualifications and higher qualifying salaries. These moves will ensure that as salaries of locals rise as they gain in experience and progress in their careers, they will not be disadvantaged by Employment Pass (EP) holders coming in at lower wages, said the MOM. The association representing the small and medium enterprises said it was not consulted on the MOM's moves. The Association of Small and Med...

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