Written Answer by Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng to PQ on Workers with Letter of Consent Employed in Jobs with Job Scope or Salary Equivalent to Pass Holders
NOTICE PAPER NO.1542 OF 2022 FOR THE SITTING ON OR AFTER 29 NOVEMBER 2022
QUESTION NO. 2417 FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
MP: Mr Leong Mun Wai
To ask the Minister for Manpower what is the number of workers with a Letter of Consent who are employed in jobs with a job scope or salary equivalent to (i) employment pass holders (ii) S Pass holders and (iii) work permit holders.
Since 1 May 2021, Dependant's Pass holders have had to obtain a relevant work pass instead of a Letter of Consent (LOC) to work in Singapore. Therefore, the majority of the LOC holders are dependants of Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are holding a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or LTVP-Plus and working on either an LOC or pre-approved LOC (PLOC).
The table below provides the number of LOC holders as at June 2022, categorised by whether their salaries meet the prevailing Employment Pass (EP) and S Pass salary criteria. The prevailing EP and S Pass minimum qualifying salaries are at least $5,000 and $3,000 respectively, and increases with age. As there are no salary requirements for Work Permit holders, LOC holders with salaries below prevailing EP and S Pass criteria may include those who are taking up part-time employment.
Table: Number of LOC holders categorised by whether their salaries meet the prevailing EP and S Pass salary criteria
||Number of LOC holders
|Salary meets prevailing EP salary criteria
|Salary meets prevailing S Pass salary criteria (but does not meet prevailing EP salary criteria)
|Salary does not meet prevailing EP and S Pass salary criteria
Source: Administrative Records, Ministry of Manpower