More than 31,000 Singaporeans have signed up with the Jobs Bank and more than 10,000 employers have come on board and are actively posting job vacancies.In a written reply to a question posed in Parliament on Monday (Sep 8), Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said there are over 65,000 jobs available on the Jobs Bank today. He added that the feedback from both employers and job seekers has also been positive, which is an encouraging start.
He also said that the Jobs Bank and the Fair Consideration Framework was not, however, set up to guarantee local job seekers that they will always get the job. This will continue to be determined on the basis of merit, and to the best applicant for the job.
But he said there can be various reasons why an employer may not end up hiring the Singaporean candidate after considering applications fairly. For example, in the IT sector, there could be jobs that require technical skills or domain knowledge of legacy programming languages, which IT firms use in supporting legacy IT systems of many companies that the local workforce may not possess in sufficient numbers. - CNA/ac