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Foreign workforce numbers

Pass type Dec 2017 Dec 2018 Dec 2019 Dec 2020 Dec 2021 Jun 2022
Employment Pass (EP) 187,700 185,800 193,700 177,100 161,700 168,800
S Pass 184,400 195,500 200,000 174,000 161,800 169,200
Work Permit (Total) 965,200 972,600 999,000 848,200 849,700 943,400
  • Work Permit (MDW)
246,800 253,800 261,800 247,400 246,300 256,300
  • Work Permit (CMP sectors)
360,700 355,700 370,100 311,000 318,400 369,400
Other work passes2 30,700 32,100 34,700 32,200 27,200 24,400
Total foreign workforce 1,368,000 1,386,000 1,427,400 1,231,500 1,200,400 1,305,800
Total foreign workforce
(excluding MDWs)
1,121,300 1,132,200 1,165,600 984,100 954,100 1,049,500
Total foreign workforce
(excluding MDWs and Work Permits in CMP sectors)
760,600 776,500 795,500 673,100 635,700 680,100

You can download the Foreign Workforce Numbers file.

FOOTNOTE

  1. Data may not add up to the total due to rounding.
  2. “Other work passes” includes Letter of Consent (LOC), pre-approved LOC, Training Work Permit (TWP) and Training Employment Pass (TEP).