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Help!! Reliable Job Agents in Singapore

Postby betty2904 » Thu, 10 Mar 2016 2:39 pm

Hi everyone,

I am Betty Tran from Vietnam and I have more than 2 year working experiences in Singapore both in Admin and QC Inspector. Now I am seeking jobs here ( both Admin or QC also ok). I am trying to find some agents in Singapore now. However, many of them said that there is no quota or no job opening.
Any one who know any reliable agents?
And some agents they said agent fee is 2 month salary. Is that ok?
Kindly give me advice.
Thank you so much

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Re: Help!! Reliable Job Agents in Singapore

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 10 Mar 2016 2:59 pm

Agents are not allowed to charge a recruitment fee from job seekers in Singapore. However, many work under the table with agents in your home country, where you pay them an arm & a leg and they slide a cut to the local owner here in Singapore under the table. It's illegal as hell and if they get caught they are in trouble big time. So, no, it not okay.

An most here are correct. Most company's don't have quotas because of the government cutting down the quotas and leave many companies with too many foreigners and the necessity of sacking some of them. It's not pretty here at the moment. If there are no quotas and Singaporean agents told you this, don't listen to your agents in your country. As soon as they get your money, guaranteed you will never see a job OR your money back. Run. As far away as you can and fast as you can.

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Re: Help!! Reliable Job Agents in Singapore

Postby betty2904 » Thu, 10 Mar 2016 3:12 pm

Thank you very much for your reply and advice. It is very useful for me. However, agent fee I mention here is Singapore agent. I am in Singapore now and I contact directly to them. If I go through Vietnam agent, they will charge me 3 or 4 times higher than Singapore agents. However, as far as I see, Singapore agents will let you directly interview with employer and will take money when finish all documents.
But at the moment, even I contact many Singapore agents, almost they said no quota. That is why I would like to know more agents so can get more chance :))

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Re: Help!! Reliable Job Agents in Singapore

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 10 Mar 2016 5:22 pm

In Singapore it is against the law to charge a jobseeker a recruitment fee. The Company's pay the recruitment fees here unless they are breaking the law. All the agents in Singapore have basically the same problem. And most companies here use the shotgun approach to agencies. They send the job specs to all the agencies they know and then it's the first agency who submits the successful CV to the client (they may get the same CV from 5 different agencies) so the timestamp of the email is essential to the generation of income for the agency.

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Re: Help!! Reliable Job Agents in Singapore

Postby bgd » Thu, 10 Mar 2016 6:01 pm

That's very interesting. I know of someone who has been charged in this manner. Might suggest she mentions to the agent that she will advise MOM accordingly. She needs the job so I suspect she won't risk it.

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Re: Help!! Reliable Job Agents in Singapore

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 10 Mar 2016 6:29 pm

I stand corrected. As of 2010 it would seem that they are now allowed to charge up to two months salary or one month's salary per year of service capped at a maximum of two months salary. This has changed considerably since I left the industry 11 years ago, which is what I based my answer on. this was re-affirmed in Dec 2013 by the MOM.

http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/press-re ... ady-capped

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Re: Help!! Reliable Job Agents in Singapore

Postby bgd » Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:48 am

Okay thanks, lucky you checked. :-)

Still something dodgy going on, she was charged more than 2 month's salary, but I suspect the problem is at the employer's end, paying a lower salary than declared. As I said, she needs the job so she will live with it.

I do hate how those who can least afford it get ripped off so badly. Global problem I realize, but not pleasant when you witness it first hand.


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