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Singapore jobs ads: What you can and can’t do

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Asking for older workers is okay, but requesting for fresh graduates is not.

Mentioning you want to hire only Singaporeans is also acceptable, but stating you want Singaporeans and Malaysians, Filipinos, or other nationalities is not.

These helpful dos and don’ts come from the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) in Singapore, which has compiled a list of what is acceptable to print in job advertisements.

As the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) cracks down on employers who do not follow fair employment guidelines, this list should help clear up any confusion about what you can and can’t say.

Click here for the full TAFEP link.

Nationality

Acceptable:

  • Singaporeans only
  • No mention of any nationality

Unacceptable:

  • Non-Singaporeans preferred
  • Singaporeans and Malaysians welcome
  • Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents only

Language

Acceptable:

  • Chinese-language teacher for pre-school centre, good credit in O-level Chinese

Unacceptable:

  • Mandarin is an advantage

Age

Acceptable:

  • Older workers welcome
  • 3 years of relevant experience

Unacceptable:

  • Youthful working environment
  • Fresh graduates are welcome to apply
  • Age 25-30 only

Gender

Acceptable:

  • Women’s fashion boutique requires sales staff to model clothes while on the job
  • Physical work required

Unacceptable:

  • Strong guys needed
  • Preferably female
  • Female working environment

From: http://www.tafep.sg/fairemployment.asp?subid=3

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