Singapore – Man jailed and fined for illegally operating employment agency

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December 13, 2021

A man has been convicted in state courts in Singapore for operating an employment agency without a valid license, according to the Ministry of Manpower.

He was sentenced to four weeks’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of SGD 80,000 (failing that, two months’ imprisonment) for breaching the Employment Agencies Act. The man, Ng Chai Hock, was convicted on February 9, 2021, and later appealed his conviction and sentence. The High Court dismissed his appeal on October 20, 2021.

The Department of Manpower investigation found that Hock illegally operated an employment agency, JOBSINSG.COM, between March 2016 and June 2017. He posted advertisements purporting to offer employment opportunities to jobseekers. When job seekers responded to these ads and showed up at his physical office, he picked up their physical resumes.

It charged up to 450 SGD (329.12 USD) to each job seeker. After receiving payment, Hock informed the job seeker that his services would only involve distributing his resume.

It is an offense for any person or company, directly or indirectly, to engage the services of an unlicensed placement agency. If found guilty, an offender can be fined up to SGD5,000 (US$3,656) per count. MOM advises people who intend to engage the services of an employment agency to first verify that the agency is licensed.

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