Q&A: Should I sign a voluntary work bond?

Question: After having gone for a job interview, I’ve been contacted by the interviewer and offered the position, but with one caveat: I have to sign a work bond with the organisation before I can start work. I really want the position but this condition is making me uneasy. What should I do?

Answer: The mere mention of a voluntary work bond will probably set your inner alarm bells ringing, and for good reason. Unless you’re a scholar, signing a work bond is a not commonplace practice (and in some countries, outright illegal).

In Singapore, a voluntary work bond falls in a grey area. According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), a Contract of Service (usually known as a letter of appointment or employment) does not include any mention of a work bond in its essential clauses (which normally govern factors such as remuneration and hours of work). (Read More Here!)

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