S Pass - Before you apply
Measures to moderate demand for foreign manpower in effect from 1 July 2013
From 1 July 2013, the following changes will apply to all sectors:
- Increase in qualifying salaries for S Passes from $2,000 to $2,200
- Progressive increase in levy rates for S Pass and Work Permit holders
- Change in monthly salary threshold from $850 to $1,000 for locals to be considered full-time employees
More measures levied on services sector include the Market-Based Skills Framework (MBSF), Job Flexibility Scheme (JFS) and reduced Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) and S Passes sub-DRC. There will also be a further 15% cut in the Man-Year Entitlement (MYE) and implementation of the Tender Price Index (TPI)-adjusted MYE formula for the construction sector.
For more information, please refer to our press release
Mid-level skilled foreigners (e.g. technicians) who wish to work in Singapore may apply for an S Pass. Applicants will be assessed on a points system, taking into account multiple criteria. S Pass applicants accumulate points based on how far they meet the criteria. As a general guide, these criteria can be broadly described as (for illustrative purposes only):
- A minimum fixed monthly salary of $2,200
- Older applicants would have to command higher salaries to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring
- Educational qualifications
- A degree, diploma
- Technical certificates can be considered. These are, very broadly, courses that train the applicant to be a qualified technician or specialist in their chosen field. The certification should comprise of at least one year of full-time study.
- Number of years of relevant work experience.
Work Permit holders who wish to apply for the S Pass must ensure that they meet the above requirements. You should refer to the Strategic Skills List to see what types of jobs are expected to be in high demand in Singapore over the next few years.
You may also use the S Pass Self-Assessment Tool to check if you are eligible:
The number of S Pass holders a company can employ is capped at a sub-Dependency Ceiling (sub-DC), of 15% of the company's total workforce in the Services sector and 20% in the remaining sectors.
Note: Employers are not allowed to retain foreign workers in excess of the DC allowed for their sector. Employers will need to increase their local workforce or MOM will cancel the work passes of excess Work Permit and S Pass holders.
Employers may refer to the Guidelines on the Calculation of Quota and Levy Bill.
The requirement to purchase and maintain medical insurance is a Condition of an S Pass. For medical insurance policies taken up or renewed on/or after 1 January 2010, the insurance coverage must be at least $15,000 per year for each worker's inpatient care and day surgery during his/her stay in Singapore.
Passes for family members
S Pass applicants whose fixed monthly salary is at least $4,000 a month may apply for the Dependant's Pass (DP) for their family members. The DP application and supporting documents may be submitted together with the S Pass application or separately.
S Pass holders who earn less than $4,000 per month are not allowed to bring in their dependants, i.e. spouses (legally married) and children.
However, if the children of such S Pass holders wish to study in mainstream public schools in Singapore, they will have to pass the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) or Supplementary Admission Exercise for International Students (S-AEIS). For more information on the tests including registration details and test dates, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.