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Sunday January 14th 2018

Stat board rescinded on signed contract last minute leaving PMET in the lurch

Hello Gilbert,

I have been offered a contract  to work for a government stat board, and am  supposed to start work today.

However they called me yesterday and told me that my work start date would be delayed without compensation due to clearance issues at their end.

I have given up  the opportunity to work elsewhere so I can take up this contract, however MOM said that due to the lack of an employee-employer relationship I was considered not to have start work.

I do not want  to be forced to sign a contract with a later start date as it would affect my personal income.

Please advise.



Editor’s note: There is currently no protection for workers who have signed on the dotted line and when the company rescinded on their contract last minute they have no one to turn to. Not only does the worker have to job search again but the disappointment can also be devastating.

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5 Responses to “Stat board rescinded on signed contract last minute leaving PMET in the lurch”

  1. Gov job says:

    For government job they will check your background
    examples credit bureau, criminal records, etc…

    Most Singaporean do not have “clearance issues” problem.

  2. xyz says:

    Even if “clearance issues” they should inform much earlier and not simply less than 24-hr notice.

    BTW, confirm nowadays all stat boards / govt agencies are on 2-3 yr contract basis?? Got any stat boards still with permanent job position basis?

    I heard even many ministries today are hiring based on 2 yr contract unless for senior mgmt.

  3. Nicholas says:

    The delayed contract is not as uncommon as you think. It happens because the job your are about to be hired for requires certain security clearance. Or, the organization could be deliberating which position or level to start you on.

    If I were you, I would be patient. If you don’t hear from them after a month or so, send them a very polite email. Please do not sound desperate for work. That is the easiest way of sabotaging yourself.

  4. mickey says:

    Unfortunately i think you have to accept the decision they made. they did not withdraw their offer but they delay your start date and they are right that they wont compensate you and dont have to.
    however it would be professional for them to inform you much earlier.

    please be patient and wait.

  5. Richard says:

    At least there is job on-hand, just be patient for a week or 2. Don’t blow ur chance by reacting aggressively.

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