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Upcoming changes to S Pass eligibility

MOM will be raising the qualifying salaries and levies for S Pass holders, to uplift the quality of S Pass holders to the top one-third of our local APT workforce. These changes will apply progressively from 1 September 2022. S Pass quotas will also be updated from 1 January 2023.

Changes to S Pass qualifying salaries

The minimum qualifying salary for S Pass applications will be raised in three steps, as follows. Older candidates will continue to require a higher salary to qualify. 

Sector  For new applications submitted on or after 1 Sep 2022/
From 1 Sep 2023 for renewals
From 1 Sep 2023 for new applications /
From 1 Sep 2024 for renewals
From 1 Sep 2025 for new applications /
From 1 Sep 2026 for renewals
All
(except financial services)
 $3,000
(increases progressively with age, up to $4,500 for those in mid-40s)
At least $3,150 (to be finalised)
At least $3,300 (to be finalised)
Financial services
$3,500
(increases progressively with age, up to $5,500 for those in mid-40s)
At least $3,650 (to be finalised)
At least $3,800 (to be finalised)

The finalised qualifying salary will be announced closer to implementation date based on prevailing local APT wages at that time.
For more info, read the factsheet on foreign workforce policy announcements.

Changes to S Pass levy rates

The S Pass Basic / Tier 1 levy rate will also be raised in three steps, as follows:

Current Tier 1 levy rate From 1 Sep 2023  From 1 Sep 2025 
$450 From $450 to $550  From $550 to $650 

There are no changes to the levy for Tier 2 S Pass holders, which will remain at $650.

For more info, read the factsheet on foreign workforce policy announcements.

Changes to S Pass quota

Sector From 1 Jan 2023 
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Marine shipyard
  • Process
Change from 18% to 15% of total workforce
  • Services
No change