The government has temporarily barred 10 companies in Singapore from hiring foreigners after they were found to have posted advertisements containing discriminatory recruitment requirements.

The companies will have to post apologies on their websites for 30 days.

From March this year, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has found 12 companies guilty of breaching the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices, issued by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP).

Ten of those companies were not able to provide sufficient reasoning for restricting their recruitment to particular groups of people.

Those companies include: PSC Biotech, Winshire Education Centre, Dr.Ci:Labo, Modern Pak, Global Citizen Forum, Youbook, Accredit HR Consultancy, Stafflink Services, Sky Asia Consulting and ZingMi.

The practices identified as being discriminatory by the MOM include requiring only Singapore PR, Employment or Dependent’s Pass holders, specifying a preference for a particular race, indicating a particular age bracket of desirable candidates, or requesting applicants of a particular gender.

Here are a few examples of the apologies posted by companies:

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“MOM expects all employers doing business in Singapore to comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices, and put in place fair employment practices,” MOM said in a statement.

“MOM views non-compliance with the Tripartite Guidelines seriously, and strongly urges companies and employment agencies acting on their behalf to familiarise themselves with the Tripartite Guidelines.”

The TAFEP guidelines can be accessed through their website here.