A reader was looking for jobs in the Jobs Bank when he came across this job advertisement from the Australian High Commission: [ LINK ]
The Australian High Commission is looking for a research officer with a “deep knowledge of Singapore’s economic and political scene”.
Due to complaints from many Singaporean PMETs, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) now requires employers to advertise on the Jobs Banks for 14 days to try and recruit locals before they are allowed to apply for an Employment Pass for foreigners.
In the case of the job offered by the Australian High Commission, it makes sense to recruit a local for the job since the High Commission is looking for someone with a “deep knowledge of Singapore’s economic and political scene”.
At the bottom of the job advertisement, it says:
On the website, there are 2 links for the job seeker to download 2 Word files – one contains the full description of the job and the other is an application form:
Research Officer – applications close midnight Sunday 21 September 2014
The Australian High Commission is looking for a person with a deep knowledge of Singapore’s economic and political scene to form a key part of its analytical and reporting team. The successful candidate will have strong research skills, a keen interest in the domestic scene, an ability to work quickly with limited supervision, and the capacity to work will in a team. A degree in economics, politics or related disciplines would be an advantage.
This is where things start to get confusing. In item (5) of the application form, the job seeker has to fill in his citizenship. However, it appears that in the application form, this field has already been pre-filled, indicating that the Australian High Commission only wants to hire an Australian for the job:
Does it mean that the Australian High Commission only advertised on the Jobs Bank to “wayang” (put on a show) when it had no intention of hiring locals for the job?
Note that companies applying for an Employment Pass for foreigners to work in Singapore need to quote the job advertisement ID on the Jobs Bank to show that they have already advertised for locals. Otherwise, without any advertisement on the Jobs Bank, a company will not be able to apply for an Employment Pass for a foreign PMET.
The reader who informed TRE about the job advertisement from the Australian High Commission asked whether, if MOM allows the Australian High Commission to hire an Australian for the job, would he or she have any “deep knowledge of Singapore’s economic and political scene”?