It is an offense for any person or company, directly or indirectly, to engage the services of an unlicensed EA. If found guilty, an offender can be fined up to S$5,000 per count, the ministry said.
Singapore Ministry of Manpower advised people who intend to engage the services of an Employment Agency (EA) to first check that the EA is licensed, and they can do this through the Department EA Directory.
The EA Directory also offers other information, including EAs whose license has been suspended, revoked or under surveillance. Such information, MOM noted, helps protect individuals from errant EAs that flout regulations. Job seekers are also advised not to pay any fees to the EA until they find employment.
This notice follows a recent case involving a person who was convicted in February 2021 of operating an EA in Singapore without a valid license. According to MOM, he was sentenced to four weeks’ imprisonment and a fine of up to S$80,000 (failing two months’ imprisonment) for breach of Section 6(4)(a) of the Act. on Employment Agencies (Chapter 92) (“AEA”). He had appealed against his conviction and sentence, but the High Court dismissed his appeal on October 20, 2021.
MOM’s investigations revealed that the individual illegally operated an employment agency, JOBSINSG.COM, between March 2016 and June 2017. He posted advertisements purporting to offer job opportunities to job seekers. When job seekers responded to these advertisements and showed up at his physical office, he collected their physical CVs and charged up to S$450 to each job seeker. After receiving payment, Ng informed the job seeker that his services would only involve distributing his CV.
In light of this, the department emphasized that operating an unlicensed employment agency is a serious offence. The offender can be fined up to S$80,000 or imprisoned for up to two years or both.
It is also an offense for any person or company, directly or indirectly, to engage the services of an unlicensed EA. If found guilty, an offender can be fined up to S$5,000 per count.
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