Most Singapore employers do not think a national job bank will help them in their recruitment process, a survey shows.
An initiative announced by the Ministry of Manpower last month, the national job bank will be administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency August next year to ensure that firms try to hire Singaporeans before foreigners for jobs paying less than S$12,000 a month.
According to the survey of about 100 employers by jobs portal JobStreet.com, 54 per cent of the respondents feel the national job bank will not help them in their recruitment process.
A third of respondents believes that the national job bank will even cause a delay in hiring.
Over 50 per cent of the respondents feel the national job bank will not help them in their recruitment process. …
The survey also revealed that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and companies in the service, construction and manufacturing industries where jobs are generally not popular with locals are expected to be the hardest hit as companies requiring immediate staff placement will now have to wait an extra two weeks.
“For jobs that have a history of not attracting Singaporeans, it is a waste of time for employers to have to advertise through the new portal and wait 14 days. This will cause unnecessary delays to our recruitment process,” an employer in the construction business was quoted by JobStreet as saying in the survey.
Complicates hiring process
Nearly all the employers surveyed (95 per cent) say they will continue to use their current recruitment channels, in addition to the compulsory posting on the national job bank for relevant positions.
JobStreet said that several employers expressed concerns about having to consolidate applications from multiple job sites with this new implementation.
Employers surveyed also foresee an increase in their administrative workload and documentation during the process of justifying a company’s application for employment passes.
A concerned SME employer commented, “A more complicated hiring process may arise due to having new legal rules to comply with. SMEs with insufficient manpower for this recruitment process will lose out in this competitive recruitment landscape.”