SINGAPORE – Adecco Personnel was selected as the first employment agency to be a placement partner of SGUnited Jobs and Skills to provide job seekers with professional placement services.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) announced the appointment in a statement on Monday March 22.
Having placement partners for the SGUnited Jobs and Skills program âcomplements existing government job matching efforts and increases overall placement capacity,â MOM and WSG said.
Selected employment agencies that have shown their ability to hire fairly will be appointed as placement partners to help Singaporean job seekers and permanent residents find opportunities under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills program, they added.
âThe appointment of placement partners also recognizes the important role that employment agencies play in the labor market, given their extensive networks and expertise in job matching,â said MOM and WSG .
Employment offices which have been appointed as placement partners will receive fees for the placement of adult job seekers, long-term unemployed job seekers or people with disabilities in jobs, internships and secondments. .
They should put in place “dedicated measures” to help these job seekers obtain employment, internship or secondment opportunities, MOM and WSG said.
Adecco Personnel has been selected as a placement partner through an open call for tenders and its appointment will last for one year.
The employment agency is headquartered in Switzerland and has been in Singapore since 1985.
In addition to placement services, Adecco Personnel will also provide job seekers with career advice through physical and virtual workshops.
Mr. Tan Choon Shian, Managing Director of WSG, said: âTo expand our ability to match jobs, we recognize that employment offices are key labor market intermediaries with expertise. specializing in job matching that will help bridge the gap between employers and job seekers.
“We certainly hope that job seekers will make full use of these services to facilitate and shorten the duration of their job search.”
Ms Betul Genc, ââAdecco Group Country Director for Singapore, said Adecco is working with governments around the world on their workforce and workforce initiatives.
“This appointment is yet another testament to our ability to leverage our strong network of employers in Singapore and our success in helping candidates achieve their career ambitions,” she said.
“We look forward to playing our part for the most vulnerable group of job seekers and supporting initiatives to have a strong and future-ready local workforce in Singapore,” he said. -she adds.
This is not the first time that WSG has appointed employment agencies to provide free job search services to residents.
In 2017, WSG appointed two foreign agencies – Maximus Asia and Ingeus – as part of a two-year pilot program. The move came after two previous pilot programs with local employment agencies from 2011 to 2013 and from 2014 to 2017 failed to achieve a 50 percent placement rate, according to earlier reports.
WSG then extended the contracts of the two agencies for one year until June 2020.
In response to questions from the Straits Times on Monday, a spokesperson for WSG said the contracts of the two agencies had since been extended again because they were achieving “satisfactory placement performance”, but did not provide details.
The spokesperson added that the SGUnited Placement Partners initiative is intended to provide an additional placement assistance channel for job seekers, in addition to WSG’s current Careers Connect options; the career match providers Ingeus and Maximus; and a career guidance service center under the Institute for Employment and Employability of the NTUC.