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How will the Shortage Occupation List for EP applications on COMPASS be identified? When will the exact occupations be announced?

The COMPASS Shortage Occupation List (SOL) will be developed through a robust evaluation process involving the tripartite partners. The review will take into account both quantitative and qualitative evidence of labour shortages.

Occupations will be considered for inclusion on the SOL based on:

  • Their relevance to Singapore’s economic priorities
  • The degree and nature of labour shortage
  • The sector’s progress in developing the local pipeline in the medium term to address these shortages

MOM and sector agencies will commence the SOL evaluation process in the second half of 2022, taking into account tripartite input. Sector agencies may consult the relevant industry associations, businesses and stakeholders.

Companies who wish to provide feedback on the SOL may contact your sector agency. We will announce the first SOL in March 2023.

Thereafter, MOM will regularly review the SOL to ensure responsiveness to industry needs, and existing shortages are not entrenched over the long term.

For experienced tech professionals

Experienced tech professionals applying for specific tech occupations on the SOL may be eligible for a longer 5-year duration EP, if they meet eligibility criteria. The specific occupations eligible will be provided when the SOL is announced.