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What is the Local Qualifying Salary (LQS)?

The Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) determines the number of local employees who can be used to calculate your Work Permit and S Pass quota entitlement. The LQS was previously known as the Full-Time Equivalent salary.

The LQS ensures that local workers are employed meaningfully, rather than being employed on token salaries to allow the employer access to foreign workers. This also ensures that our quota controls remain effective and keep pace with income levels.

A Singaporean or Permanent Resident employee employed under a contract of service, including the company’s director, is counted as:

  • 1 local employee if they earn the LQS of at least $1,200 per month.
  • 0.5 local employee if they earn half the LQS of at least $600 to below $1,200 per month.

From 1 July 2019, a Singaporean or Permanent Resident employee employed under a contract of service, including the company’s director is counted as:

  • 1 local employee if they earn the LQS of at least $1,300 per month.
  • 0.5 local employee if they earn half the LQS of at least $650 to below $1,300 per month.

You can read more about the Committee of Supply 2019 highlights.

Last Updated: 5 March 2019