20 Mar '11, 10pm

#employment #hiring Registration of employment agency staff restrictive

FROM April, employment agency personnel will be required to be registered with the Ministry of Manpower. It appears to be a case in which the details of the scheme were not thought through properly. First, the registration fee is rather high. If the purpose of registration is to keep tabs on such personnel, wouldn't a S$20 or S$30 fee suffice? Moreover, once an agent switches agency, he or she has to re-register and pay yet another S$160. The regulations do not allow freelancing, as each personnel can register only under one agency at a time. But freelancing is one way that personnel in this sector can maximise their income, as each agency usually specialises in only a few industries. If one has a good network, he or she would have candidates for jobs in many sectors. The recruitment industry is one where PMETs, especially those on the wrong side of 50, stand a good chance...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110321-0000219/Regis...

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