Oral Answer by Mr Zaqy Mohamad Minister of State for Manpower to Parliamentary Question on notifications of salary reductions of work permit holders
NOTICE PAPER NO. 1281 OF 2018 FOR THE SITTING ON 6 AUGUST 2018
QUESTION NO. 2118 FOR ORAL ANSWER
MP: Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang
To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) in the past three years, of the notifications received to reduce the salary of a work permit holder stated in their in-principle approval letter, what proportions are within (i) one month (ii) one year of the work permit issue date; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider a limit on the amount a company is allowed to reduce the salary of the work permit holder.
1. In the past three years, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) was notified of salary reductions affecting less than 2 percent of non-domestic Work Permit Holders per year. Less than one in ten were within one month, and about four in ten were within one year, after the Work Permit was issued.
2. As explained in reply to a Parliamentary Question raised by the member on this topic last month, MOM is studying the issue and will consult with relevant stakeholders to determine the best step forward.