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Employment Pass Minimum Qualifying Salary to be Raised to $3,900; Tighter Rules on Hiring Foreign Worker

Posted on 4/03/2020 by PrimeHR

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SINGAPORE - Rules for hiring foreign workers will be tightened as part of efforts to assure Singaporeans that they are competing on a level playing field.

From May this year, the minimum salary for foreign professionals to qualify for an Employment Pass (EP) will be raised to $3,900 per month, up from $3,600.

The salary criteria for older and more experienced EP candidates will also be increased - for example, an EP applicant in his early 40s will need to earn around double the new minimum qualifying salary of $3,900.

The new salary requirement will only take effect for EP renewals from May 1, 2021, "to moderate the impact on businesses", she added. The minimum EP-qualifying salary was last raised in 2017 from $3,300 to $3,600 a month.

In addition, the "local qualifying salary" or the minimum salary a local worker must earn to count towards a firm's quota for hiring foreigners on work permits and S Passes will be raised from $1,300 to $1,400. This will take effect in July.

Do not hesitate to contact us at enquiry@primehr.com.sg or 6334 4328 for any clarification.

Source: https://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/speeches/2020/speech-by-minister-for-manpower-mrs-josephine-teo-at-mom-committee-of-supply-2020