SBF has partnered the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to introduce SBF ManpowerConnect, a temporary scheme to help companies in the manufacturing and services sectors better manage their manpower needs in view of the COVID-19 situation.
For a period of six months from 2 March 2020, companies in these sectors will be allowed to hire existing PRC Work Permit holders (WPHs) who are in Singapore, with the agreement of their current employers.
The scheme will give companies more flexibility to manage their manpower needs. Companies facing a shortage of manpower can save on search and recruitment expenses. At the same time, companies that have excess manpower can provide their workers with an opportunity to continue working in Singapore and save on repatriation costs.
Role of SBF
SBF will help to connect employers who are looking to release their PRC WPHs to those who are experiencing a shortage of manpower in the same sector. Companies (i.e. both current and hiring employer) and the workers must mutually agree on a suitable transfer arrangement for the workers. With SBF’s endorsement, MOM will allow the hiring employer to apply the work permit for the existing PRC WPH who is in Singapore. The hiring employer should apply when the worker’s work permit is still valid under the current employer. This service by SBF will be free for the first month; a nominal fee may apply thereafter.
A. For Companies Looking to Release PRC WPHs
Contact SBF ManpowerConnect and furnish workers' basic information including their years of experience, specific skills as well as the expected date of their release.
Forms to complete and submit:
- List of Workers to Release
- Sample Letter of Consent – Personal Data (Worker)
- Sample Letter of Consent – Personal Data (Employer)
B. For Companies Looking to Hire PRC WPHs
Contact SBF ManpowerConnect and furnish their manpower requirements, including the sector and skills required of the workers.
If they find a suitable worker from the database of available PRC WPHs, the hiring company should liaise directly with the worker’s current employer to obtain consent for the transfer of the worker's employment. Do note that the PRC WPH can only move to another company within the same sector.
Forms to complete and submit:
- Request to Hire Workers
- Sample Letter of Consent – Transfer of Employment (upon successful connection with current employer) Note: This document should be endorsed by both current and hiring employers, as well as the worker.
What Happens After A Successful Connection?
The hiring company is required to submit to SBF the Letter of Consent, endorsed by the current employer to transfer the employment of its worker to the hiring company. Once the consent has been verified, SBF will inform both MOM and the hiring company, which can then proceed to submit a work permit application to MOM via Work Permit Online (WPOL) after three working days but no later than a month.
All prevailing work permit criteria as well as the current fee of $35 per work permit application will apply.
The releasing company does not need to cancel the work permit of their PRC WPH. The work permit will be auto-cancelled once the hiring company issues the work permit for the worker.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to access a list of FAQs on SBF ManpowerConnect.
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