More than 16,000 jobs on new national portal

July 15, 20149:29 am259 views
More than 16,000 jobs on new national portal
More than 16,000 jobs on new national portal

SINGAPORE — Plans are afoot to make job openings more accessible to locals after employers and job seekers expressed encouraging demand for a new national database aimed at helping Singaporeans obtain a fair crack at employment opportunities.

Although the new portal, run by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), was officially launched only yesterday, some 4,300 employers have registered as users following a trial version that went “live” two months ago, offering more than 16,000 vacancies.

About 12,900 individuals have also signed up, with more than one-third of them making 12,100 job applications.

And the Government now seeks to partner with private job portals by next year, with the possibility of sharing job postings in the pipeline.

Speaking at the launch of the Jobs Bank portal yesterday, Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin noted that the new job database will support the Fair Consideration Framework, which will kick off next month.

Under the framework, employers with at least 25 staff members have to list vacancies on the Jobs Bank portal for at least 14 days before they can submit Employment Pass applications for potential foreign hires.

This is to address growing complaints that some sectors are hiring a large number of foreigners.

Mr Tan said: “Through the Jobs Bank portal, employers can broaden their outreach to Singaporeans while Singaporean job seekers will be able to view the jobs available.”

And as the economy creates jobs, there is a need for a “better (and) more systematic way to match job seekers to vacancies”, he added.

Of the more than 16,000 openings, half are targeted at professionals, managers and executives.

Through the website, Singaporeans can apply for jobs directly with employers through their SingPass account. Employers can post job vacancies for free and scour the portal’s database for potential candidates.

jobsDB Singapore’s managing director Sheldon Fernandez said that cross-posting of job vacancies would make it easier for locals and have the added benefit of providing employers with a wider recruitment net.

He added that his company would complement WDA’s initiative, which enabled employers to reach out to job applicants.

When asked if the potentially greater access to locals through the Jobs Bank will influence their hiring decision, employers said much would depend on the individuals’ level of interest and enthusiasm for the jobs.

Mr Charlie Lim, who is chief executive of Alsco, which is in the washroom hygiene business, said he was keen to hire Singaporeans due to the high foreign worker levies. He acknowledged that the Jobs Bank will help as a recruitment platform, but noted that the tight labour market would still see employees job-hopping.

Job seekers, meanwhile, expressed mixed reactions over the portal.

Some, like Ms Justina Lee, 45, liked the fact that she could directly interact with potential employers. She found a new job as a project manager within a week.

Others, however, said it might not change their job prospects very much.

A job seeker, who only wanted to be known as Hairul, said he has had no luck in his application for a technician’s position in the past month.


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