Employment agency Career Central was fined S$6,000 after pleading guilty on Tuesday (Nov 24) to charging two foreign workers excessive agency fees.
The two foreigners were instructed to pay various non-prescribed fees, such as administrative and résumé marketing fees, even before their job placements, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
In total, the two jobseekers paid S$7,519 and S$7,919 in agency fees, more than two months of their salary – the maximum amount employment agencies can charge as fees, it said.
Career Central’s licence remains suspended as the review continues, the ministry added.
MOM reminded agencies to only collect fees within the prescribed limits from clients after they have successfully placed jobseekers with employers. Failure to comply with the law can result in suspension or revocation of their licences.
Similarly, jobseekers are not to pay fees to their agencies until they are successfully placed with an employer, it added.
news source: channelnewsasia.com