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Circular No: M&P/114/05/KR

12 May 2020

SCAL Construction Manpower Exchange Scheme – Change of employer for foreign construction workers during COVID-19

In view of the current COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions, foreign construction workers whose work permits have expired or been terminated by their previous employer are unable to return to their home countries.

The Singapore Contractors Association (SCAL) is working with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to help construction companies hire these workers.

The SCAL Construction Manpower Exchange (SCMX) scheme is a temporary programme lasting six months. It will differ from the usual work permit applications where foreign construction workers have to be repatriated to their home country upon termination of their existing work permits.  For successful applications submitted during this six months, the work permits will be issued for up to two years.

The SCMX aims to:

  1. Allow construction companies with immediate and ongoing projects to acquire more manpower to meet any existing manpower shortages
  2. Allow foreign construction workers with work permit terminated to continue working in Singapore without having to be repatriated during this COVID-19 lockdown period.

Companies wishing to hire these foreign workers should submit a Request to Hire form. Upon receipt, they will be matched with suitable employees and thereafter online/telephone interviews can be arranged for respective parties. Availability will be on a first-come-first-serve basis and terms of recruitment subject to mutual agreement between the potential employee and the hiring employer.

Upon successful match, the new prospective employer and employee will have to sign a Work Transfer Agreement. The new prospective employer is then required to submit a work permit application to MOM [Work Permit Online] at their own expense within three (3) working days of the signing of the Work Transfer Agreement.

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