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How to calculate the number of local full time employees when calculating foreign worker quota?

A full time employee refers to a Singaporean or Permanent Resident who:

  • Earns at least $1,000 per month.
  • Is employed under a contract of service. This includes the director of company who is also a paid employee.

Two employees who earns at least $500, but less than $1,000 each per month, can be considered as one full time employee.

Employees A and B are considered full time employees because they earn at least $1,000 per month.

Employees C and D are considered part-time employees because they earn at least $500 but less than $1,000 per month.

Employee E is not considered as his salary is below $500.

Local employee Monthly salary Count
A $4,500 1
B $1,000 1
C $500 0.5
D $800 0.5
E $400 -
Total number of full time employees 3

The following are not considered when calculating your quota:

  • Business owners in sole proprietorships and partnerships.
  • Employees who receive CPF contributions from three or more employers.
If you hired new employees recently, you won’t see an immediate adjustment in your quota. It depends on when you pay the CPF contribution for each employee.
Last Updated: 29 May 2017