Straits Times

SG company to conduct walk-in interviews in KL for its PMET positions in Singapore

On Wednesday (3 Jul), Jardine Engineering Singapore put up a job advertisement on Indeed job site saying that they would be in Kuala Lumpur on Friday and Sat (5 and 6 Jul) to conduct walk-in interviews for their company.

“JECS will be in Kuala Lumpur on 5 & 6 July 2019!” the advertisement said.

The company is looking for project engineers, project supervisors and technicians to fill its positions in Singapore:

“More details can be found at https://www.sg.jec.com/en/careers.aspx,” it added.

It’s not known who the company is looking for but presumably the job advertisement is being targeted at Malaysians wanting to work in Singapore, since it is sending people all the way to KL to do the walk-in interviews.

If the company is look for Malaysians to fill their job positions in Singapore, it would eventually need to apply work passes for the them to work here.

But according to information from the government’s website, companies are required to post their job vacancies on the national Jobs Bank first for at least 2 weeks before they can apply EP for foreigners to work in Singapore. This is to give the locals a chance to be considered first before offering the jobs to foreigners:

“From 1 August 2014, under the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), companies seeking to hire Employment Pass (EP) holders are required to post their job vacancies on Jobs Bank for at least 14 calendar days before an EP application is submitted to MOM.”

Unless of course, the company is thinking of hiring their project engineers, supervisors and technicians on S-Pass. In this case, they do not need to advertise the jobs on Jobs Bank. S-Pass applications are subjected to quota regulation. Also, the minimum fixed monthly salary for foreign S-Pass holders is lower at $2,300 or about 7,000 Ringgit.

Jardine Matheson Group

Jardine Engineering Singapore actually belongs to the Jardine Matheson Group.

According to its brochure, Jardine Engineering Singapore began operations in 1998. It currently has more than 500 professionals, engineers and technical staff, offering a wide range of contracting and specialized services in air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation systems, M&E facility management, specialty M&E solutions and other related services.

Jardine Matheson Group, of course, is an old company started way back in the 19th century. After Hong Kong was ceded to the British by the Chinese Qing government under the 1842 Treaty of Nanking for losing the Opium War, the firm set up its headquarters in Hong Kong and grew rapidly. Continuing its longstanding trade in smuggled opium, tea, and cotton, the firm then diversified into other areas including insurance, shipping, and railways.

In fact, one of its founder, William Jardine began his career as a surgeon on the ships of the British East India Company working the trading routes between London, China and India in the early 1800s. As a senior ship’s officer, Jardine was allocated an amount of cargo space equal to two chests which he could use to conduct his own business. Using this space, the doctor soon discovered that trading opium was more profitable than practicing medicine. And that was how Jardine made his first fortune by smuggling opium into China before he formed Jardine, Matheson & Co. with his partner James Matheson.

By the mid-19th century, the company had become the largest of the hongs or foreign trading conglomerates with offices in all the important Chinese cities as well as Yokohama, Japan.