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Can employers pass on the foreign worker levy costs to their foreign workers?

No. The foreign worker (FW) levy is a pricing mechanism to regulate the number of FWs in Singapore. As employers benefit directly from hiring FWs, they must pay the monthly FW levy for each work pass holder they employ, and must not pass the levy cost on to their workers.

The Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA) states that employers must not recover the FW levy or other employment-related costs from their workers.

MOM will take action against employers who attempt to recover the levy from their FWs. If convicted, employers may be fined or jailed, or both. In addition, employers may also be barred from hiring FWs.

If your employer insist on deducting the cost of levy from your salary, you can contact MOM at 6438 5122 for help.

Last Updated: 4 September 2018