What on earth is the Fair Consideration Framework, and what does it have in common with friendzoning?
The Fair Consideration Framework gives Singaporeans a fair chance for jobs before companies can hire foreigners.
A decade ago, Singaporeans were getting more pissed off about an influx of foreigners, particularly foreign PMETs.
There were calls (e.g. by Labour MP Patrick Tay in 2011 and various advocacies by NTUC) for the government to have Labour Market Testing, to give Singaporeans priority for jobs.
Basically companies would be expected to friendzone foreigners unless there were no suitable Singaporeans.
In 2014, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) launched the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) to strengthen the Singaporean core in the workforce.
Companies must advertise jobs in Jobs Bank for 14 days to allow locals to apply. MOM has also made foreigners more expensive to hire with raised qualifying salaries.
MOM has friendzoned companies which have a poor track record on its watchlist (making it harder for these companies to bring in foreigners).
Even so, there were still complaints of discriminatory hiring by MNCs.
Labour MPs continued to push for more friendzoning of recalcitrant companies and a foreign PME dependency ratio for problem sectors.
Hence over the years, MOM has tightened the Fair Consideration Framework progressively and has recently announced more updates to friendzone companies which discriminate against Singaporeans.
If you see any workplace discrimination such as:
- Any discriminatory job advertisements
- Any nationality-related discriminatory employment practices
You can report to TAFEP (aka the chaperone) here.
Editing is my work.