When the national jobs bank is set up next August, only Singaporeans will be able to apply directly on the site itself.

But all job seekers, including foreigners, will be able to see the jobs available, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament yesterday.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will also look at working with private jobs portals in its running of the first national jobs bank.

This is to "improve the overall labour market efficiency and provide as much visibility of job opportunities to job seekers as possible", said Mr Tan.

He was responding to a question from Nominated Member of Parliament Teo Siong Seng, who asked whether the national and private jobs banks will be linked for better efficiency and cost savings.

The national jobs bank was announced last month as part of a broader Fair Consideration Framework.

It mandates that firms which want to hire foreign professionals must first advertise for Singaporeans in the jobs bank.

The aim is to nudge firms to give Singaporeans a fair chance at landing professional, managerial and executive jobs.

Firms with 25 or fewer staff, as well as those hiring for jobs that pay $12,000 and above a month, are exempted from the rule.

Private jobs portals welcome the prospects of working with MOM.

STJobs senior product manager Ang Yinghui said that the home-grown portal's collaboration with MOM will "help local businesses widen their reach to local job seekers... (and) help the Government achieve its objective of ensuring fair job opportunities for Singaporeans".

JobStreet marketing manager Frieda Chan added: "Private jobs portals can help by automatically re-posting the ad on the national jobs bank - with the employer's consent - on behalf of employers who are unable to find suitable local candidates."