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Foreign workforce numbers

Pass Type Dec 2011 Dec 2012 Dec 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015
Employment Pass (EP) 175,400 173,800 175,100 178,900 187,900
S Pass 113,900 142,400 160,900 170,100 178,600
Work Permit (Total) 901,000 942,800 974,400 991,300 997,100
 - Work Permit (Foreign Domestic Worker) 206,300 209,600 214,500 222,500 231,500
 - Work Permit (Construction) 264,400 293,300 318,900 322,700 326,000
Other Work Passes2 7,600 9,300 11,300 15,400 23,600
Total Foreign Workforce 1,197,900 1,268,300 1,321,600 1,355,700 1,387,300
Total Foreign Workforce
(excluding Foreign Domestic Workers)
991,600 1,058,700 1,107,100 1,133,200 1,155,800
Total Foreign Workforce
(excluding Foreign Domestic Workers & Construction)
699,100 731,300 748,100 764,500 780,300

You can download the Foreign Workforce Numbers file.

  1. Data may not add up to the total due to rounding.
  2. “Other Work Passes” includes Letter of Consent (LOC) and Training Work Permit (TWP). Training Employment Pass (TEP) was included in “Other Work Passes” from March 2014 onwards.
Last Updated: 18 March 2016