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Hiring an existing manufacturing or services worker

With effect from 2 March 2020, a temporary scheme will be introduced to help companies in the manufacturing and services sectors to manage the manpower disruptions due to COVID-19. This scheme has been extended until 31 August 2021, subject to further review.

How to apply

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) will be facilitating the transfer for interested companies in the Manufacturing and Services sectors that may want to hire or transfer their additional Work Permit holders. Employers can approach the SBF at or visit the SBF ManpowerConnect website.

Companies will have to mutually agree on a suitable transfer arrangement for the workers. The hiring company is then required to submit to SBF a Letter of Consent endorsed by the current employer, to transfer the worker to the hiring company. Once SBF has verified the consent, they will inform both MOM and the hiring company. The hiring company can then proceed to submit a new Work permit application without the worker having to exit Singapore. All prevailing work permit criteria will apply for hiring a new worker in your sector.

You can find out more about this scheme.