Being Fair

1. Abide by the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices

The Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP) help organisations adopt fair and merit-based employment practices. All Singapore-based organisations are expected to abide by the Tripartite Guidelines.

According to the Guidelines, employers must recruit and select employees on the basis of merit (such as skills, experience or ability to perform the job), and regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities, or disability. Any form of discrimination on factors not relevant to the job such as mental health conditions will be in breach of the TGFEP.  

 

Being Fair

Fair employers develop merit-based workplaces by adhering to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices, and implementing good employment practices.

Fair employment practices are based on the five principles below.

Recruit Based on Merit

Recruit and select employees on the basis of merit (such as skills, experience or ability to perform the job), and regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities, or disability.

Respect Employees

Treat employees fairly and with respect and implement progressive human resource management systems.

Provide Fair Opportunities

Provide employees with fair opportunity to be considered for training and development based on their strengths and needs to help them achieve their full potential.

Reward Fairly

Reward employees fairly based on their ability, performance, contribution and experience.

Comply with Labour Laws

Abide by labour laws and adopt the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.

 

The Tripartite Guidelines apply to the following employment practices:

Note: Under the Fair Consideration Framework , employers who do not abide by the Tripartite Guidelines will face scrutiny from the Ministry of Manpower and have their work pass privileges curtailed. For example, they could be debarred from making and renewing work pass applications.
 
 
 

Job Advertisements

When stating the selection criteria in job advertisements, ensure that they are related to the qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience of the candidates. Don't use words or phrases that can come across as discriminatory.

You must also abide by the following Tripartite Guidelines to ensure that your job advertisements are not discriminatory.

Age

  • In general, avoid using age as a selection criterion unless you are bound by legal or regulatory requirements. In such cases, you may state this upfront. You may also state that a job is suitable for older workers, in support of national efforts to enhance employment opportunities for older workers.
  • If the nature of the job is physically demanding, such as in the handling of heavy cargo, state this requirement in the job description and avoid indicating a specific age group.

For example,

You can state You should not state
  • Candidates are required to load and unload sacks of rice of at least 10kg each.
  • Candidates are required to handle heavy equipment.
  • Recruiting cashiers. Job is suitable for older workers.
  • Minimum aged 21 and above
  • Below 30 only
  • Age 25 to 30 only
  • Young/Youthful working environment

Gender

  • Avoid using gender as a selection criterion unless practical requirements are involved. In such cases, you must state the reason clearly.
  • State that "both genders may apply" for gender-centric job titles (e.g. draughtsman, chambermaid).

For example,

You can state You should not state
Health spa requires female therapists to do personal body massage and spa treatments for its female customers.
  • Strong guys needed
  • Preferably female
  • Female working environment

Race

You should avoid using race as a selection criterion.

For example,

You can state You should not state
All races are welcome.
  • Chinese/Malay/Indian preferred
  • Chinese/Malay/Indian only
  • Chinese/Malay/Tamil speaking environment

Religion

Avoid using religion as a selection criterion unless the job requires the applicant to perform religious functions or fulfil religious certification standards. In such cases, you must present the requirements clearly, objectively and sensitively.

For example,

You can state You should not state
Hindu priest required to perform wedding ceremony.
  • Christian/Buddhist/Muslim/Hindu preferred
  • Christian/Buddhist/Muslim/Hindu only

Language

  • If you require proficiency in a particular language, clearly state the reason for it.
  • Ensure that your job advertisement is in the same language as your advertisement media. If your job has any other language text, you should provide the reasons for it, which must be job-related.

For example,

You can state You should not state
  • Chinese-language teacher for pre-school centre, good credit in 'O'-Level Chinese required.
  • Translator for a leading Malay sports magazine. Proficiency in Malay is a must.
  • Tour Guides to take Chinese/Japanese/Indian tourist groups. Knowledge of Mandarin/Japanese/Indian dialects is essential.
  • Bilingual in English and Mandarin/Malay/Tamil
  • Native English language/speaking
  • Mandarin/Malay/Tamil
  • Mandarin/Malay/Tamil language/speaking is an advantage
  • Tagalog/Thai language/speaking

Nationality

Avoid using nationality as a selection criterion. In particular, words or phrases that indicate a preference for non-Singaporeans should not be used.

For example,

You can state You should not state
Only Singaporeans
  • Non-Singaporeans/SPRs/foreigners/international candidates/specific nationality/preferred/welcome/only/can also apply/will also be considered
  • 新公民 ("New citizen") preferred/welcome/only
  • Specific nationality in describing job roles or titles, for example Italian chef preferred, Spanish secretary welcome
  • Native English speaker preferred/welcome/only
  • Candidates with Korean as first language preferred
  • Candidates’ whose Mother Tongue is Tagalog will have an added advantage
  • EP/S Pass/WP/DP/LTSVP Holders preferred/welcome/only
  • Work passes will be applied for successful candidates
  • S Pass quota available
  • Completed, are exempted from, or are not liable for National Service

Marital Status and Family Responsibilities

Avoid using marital status or family responsibilities as a selection criterion.