SINGAPORE: Changes to Foreign Workforce Policy Announced

The Ministry of Manpower has announced upcoming changes to its foreign workforce policy, including an expansion of the Fair Consideration Framework job advertising requirement for Employment Pass (EP) applications to include more companies and more positions, and an increase in the minimum salary requirement for S Pass holders.

Job Advertising

Effective 1st July 2018, for EP applications, jobs must be advertised if both the following conditions are met:

  • the firm has 10 or more employees (currently if the firm has more than 25 employees) and
  • the position pays a fixed monthly salary of less than SGD 15,000 (currently less than SGD 12,000)

Therefore, firms with 10 to 25 employees, and positions paying between SGD 12,000 and SGD 15,000, will no longer be exempt from the advertising requirement.

S Pass Salary Criteria

The minimum qualifying salary for S Pass applicants will be increased from SGD 2200 to SGD 2400 in two steps:

  • from 1st January 2019 from SGD 2200 to SGD 2300
  • from 1st January 2020 from SGD 2300 to SGD 2400

Candidates with more years of experience are still required to command higher salaries.

Transition Arrangements

Under the first step increase, existing S Pass holders whose passes expire:

  • before 1st January 2019 – will be allowed to renew based on existing S Pass criteria
  • between 1st January 2019 and 30th June 2019 inclusive – will be allowed to renew based on existing S Pass criteria, for a duration of up to one year
  • 1st July 2019 onwards – will have to meet the prevailing S Pass criteria for renewal

Under the second step increase, existing S Pass holders whose passes expire:

  • before 1st January 2020 – will be allowed to renew based on the 1st January 2019 S Pass criteria
  • between 1st January 2020 and 30th June 2020 (both dates inclusive) – will be allowed to renew based on the January 2019 S Pass criteria, for a duration of up to one year
  • 1st July 2020 onwards – will have to meet the prevailing S Pass criteria for renewal

Our Advice

Employers of foreign nationals in Singapore should contact their Newland Chase immigration specialist for help planning for these upcoming changes.

For advice and information on immigration to Singapore in general, please email us at enquiries@newlandchase.com

 

 

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