Agents can have contracts, and the one month pay for non performance fits in for contract jobs, as the employer has paid the agent the placement feeSBryett wrote:Hello,
I was offered a job through a recruitment agency and signed a contract with the employer as well as a contract with the agency. The agency contract states that if during my 3 month probationary period I terminate the employment, I have to pay the agency "100% of the offered salary". I take it this means one months salary? It seems like a bit of a vague term so I wondered if I am interpreting this correctly. It seems to make a probationary period a bit pointless as if I were to terminate employment after 3 months probation, I only need to give notice to the employer.
Also, is this truly legally binding as there was also a clause that if the employer terminated my employment during the probationary period, I am liable to pay 50% of the offered salary. I am a bit concerned by this as the employer could do what they wanted and I'm the one liable to pay. I have been assured that if this didn't work out and my S-Pass got cancelled, I would be able to re-apply for my Long Term Visit Pass without any problems. Has anyone else experienced this?
Well, maybe illegal, but try to tell that to 99% of the candidates from some south east asian country, so much so, some agents 'only prefer' those country people .. as unfortunately, their country encourages agency / placement fee ..beppi wrote:It is illegal by Singapore law for an recruitment agency ("headhunter") to charge the applicant. Thus if you have a contract with the agency that states these clauses, it is probably void and you don't need to pay anything.
And while the victims blame the singapore people, I would say it goes both ways - so much people are desperate to get jobs here, some forego upto 6 months pay, for a 2 year contract ... and hence the employers who are businessmen end of the day, preferring to employ people, and in the process 'make money'sundaymorningstaple wrote:And, in addition to ecureilx's post, you will normally not find a link for the payment overseas to the recruiter here as this is usually taken care of by another third party agent in the home country who then remits a percentage (usually the lion's share) to the local recruiter (but not into the recruiter's company account).
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