In a drive to promote opportunities to local Singaporeans, the Ministry of Manpower has introduced Fair Consideration Framework, from 1 August 2014. As per these regulations firms submitting Employment Pass (EP) applications (including for EP holders who are changing employers) are required to advertise their job vacancies on the “Job bank” which is a government run recruitment website. The job advertisement must be open to Singaporeans, and run for or at least 14 calendar days. Firms that submit EP applications prior to the close of the 14 day advertising period will not be able to proceed with their EP applications.
After the advertising period, the firm can hire the most qualified candidate, regardless of nationality.
If during this 14 days period if no suitable candidate is found from the job bank then the firm can proceed to apply for employment pass. Ministry officials will access the data from job bank to see if the suitable candidates applied or not.
The above requirement is not applicable in following cases;