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Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) recently reported that Singapore has merged the JobsBank and MySkillsFuture websites, along with the release of new guidelines on JobsBank advertisements.

With the change, anyone visiting JobsBank will automatically be rerouted to the MySkillsFuture site. Information saved on the JobsBank site, including company profiles, job postings and job applications, will all be saved and transferred to MySkillsFuture.

Additionally, the Ministry of Manpower has released new guidelines for employers on how long advertisements must be posted and the inclusion of salary information. Under the new guidelines:

  • Advertisements must be posted for at least 14 days.
  • Employers may change details in their job postings, but must leave them posted for at least 14 days after changes are made.
  • Employers must disclose what the salary will be in the job posting and cannot hide salary information.

Taking effect on Monday (2 October), the implementation is immeadiate and ongoing. Employers do not need to take any immediate action because information saved on the JobsBank portal will automatically be transferred. Employers should anticipate that authorities will more closely scrutinise job postings to ensure that the new rules are followed.

In the release, BAL said: “With the change, the JobsBank site will not only be a portal for job searches, but will now provide users with more information on training, education and employment needs.”

“This is expected to help match job seekers with open jobs that are appropriate for them. Employers should pay special attention to the new advertising requirements, as they are likely to be strictly enforced.”

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