SINGAPORE: About 2,400 migrant workers continue to be employed in Singapore, despite being caught up in "kickback" arrangements through their employer, the Ministry of Manpower has advised.
The figures represent about half of the cases investigated between 2016 and 2020. 20% of the workers investigated have found new employment within Singapore, while 30% have been allowed to continue working for their employers after all legal issues were resolved,
The Ministry has leveraged on data analytics to uncover a growing number of cases of kickbacks used within hiring practices. It has stepped up efforts to educate migrant workers on these schemes, urging any one asked to pay suspicious up-front costs for their recruitment to report the case.
According to Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, some five migrant workers per employer are victims of kickback offences, noting that the typical amount involved ranges from SGD 1,000 to SGD 3,000.