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How should I count my local employees to calculate my Work Permit and S Pass quota?

From 1 July 2017, a Singaporean or Permanent Resident employee employed under a contract of service, including the company’s director:

  • Is considered full-time if they earn at least $1,100 per month.
  • Is considered part-time if they earn $550 to below $1,100 per month.

2 part-time employees = 1 full-time employee.

Local employee Monthly salary Count
A $4,500 1
B $1,100 1
C $550 0.5
D $800 0.5
E $400 -
Total number of full time employees 3

Employees A and B are considered full time employees because they earn at least $1,100.

Employees C and D are considered part-time employees because they earn $550 to below $1,100.

Employee E is not counted because the salary is below $550.

The following employees are also not counted when calculating your quota:

  • Business owners of sole proprietorships or 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.