Nov 26, 2013

    Cotton On slips up on job ads, but cottons on

    THE Cotton On Group posted several job advertisements last week, looking to fill positions at its Singapore operations.

    Strangely, the ads appeared to exclude Singaporeans.

    The 10 online ads for managerial positions sought either Malaysian citizens or permanent residents.

    The Australian retailer, which runs chains including Cotton On and Rubi Shoes, has since removed the posts and apologised.

    Words or phrases that exclude Singaporeans or indicate a preference for non-Singaporeans should not be used in job ads here, according to Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices guidelines.

    The Cotton On Group has clarified that an "administrative error" was behind the posts. In seeking candidates who were "Malaysian citizens or PRs", a recruitment template meant for the Malaysian market was used accidentally.

    The ads, which were first posted on the group's recruitment page on Thursday, were flagged by Transitioning Unemployment Support Services on Sunday. Its president, Mr Gilbert Goh, wrote to the chain.

    A spokesman for The Cotton On Group told MyPaper that it is "an equal-opportunity employer" and apologised for any inconvenience caused.

    The chain employs 1,592 people here - 95 per cent of them are Singaporeans and PRs.

    A Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesman said that it is investigating the matter.

    MOM has taken 12 errant firms to task for unfair job ads since March this year.