PSP statement on the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF)
Local employers engaging in discriminatory hiring practices, ST Reports
PSP is very concerned by the recent media reports on discriminatory hiring practices by some employers. According to a recent report by The Straits Times, a total of 47 employers – 30 of which deal with financial and professional services have been placed on the watch list of Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) for engaging in discriminatory employment. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has said that the 47 employers are in addition to the 1,200 employers that have been put on the watch list.
The report further states the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will investigate another 240 firms that have been identified through data analytics for possible pre-selection of foreigners and not adhering to the job advertising requirement under the FCF.
We refer to the MOM statement “We will subject their hiring to closer scrutiny to ensure that there is no nationality bias against locals, which is unacceptable and not in line with fair, merit-based hiring.” We also note that the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) was launched in August 2014 as part of the government’s effort to increase the representation of Singaporeans in the workforce but discriminatory practices are still prevalent in some sectors.
Singapore is not exempt from the economic recoil as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The negative repercussions of the global crisis have shaken not only the health system, but also the livelihoods of citizens. With pressure coming from all sides, job stability is a primary concern for Singaporeans.
Albeit the best efforts by FCF, it is disheartening to note that local employers are still flouting the guidelines and this calls for greater affirmative action by the authorities. We will continue to highlight these issues in the various forums and platforms.