Getting Singapore Employment Pass is Becoming More Difficult in 2020

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) laid out the increased requirements and decreased quotas for obtaining Singapore Employment Pass (“EP”) going forward.

Bottomline: With new regulations, economic headwinds and political sensitivity, Singapore EP, or S Pass, will be significantly more difficult to get in 2020.

Key Takeaways:

  • S Pass quotas will be reduced in 2021 and 2023 respectively.
  • Local Qualifying Salary threshold will be raised from S$1,300 to $1,400 on July 1, 2020. This is used to determine the ratio calculation for foreigners vs. local employees.
  • EP Salaries will be compared to local hires and compared if deemed reasonable.
  • EP minimum qualifying salaries will be raised from S$3,600 to S$3,900 on May 1, 2020.
  • Salary Criteria will now be judged in tandem to age and expected salaries. This means that a person in their early 40s will need to earn double the expected new qualified minimum salary of $3,900.
  • The MOM will investigate salary increases vis a vie applications in order to prevent a freezing of existing employee salaries to allocate more budget to new EP applications.

The full breakdown can be found here.