Quota system is a restriction for employers to hire no more than the permitted number of foreign workers. This quota varies depending on the industry. This restriction is intended to control the inflow of overseas workers. With the quota system, the key question most employers ask is on the quota for Singapore Employment Pass.
Based on the Employment Pass, there is no foreign worker levy or quota associated with this type of pass. Such quotas only apply to S Pass and Work Permit (WP). It should be noted that these work passes are also considered long term visit passes in Singapore.
Singapore Employment Pass Quota
Theoretically, any Singapore registered Companies are able to hire an unlimited number of foreign professionals via an Employment Pass. However, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) still imposes strict regulation and assessment before approving the applications made.
With the current pandemic, The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has started tightening the requirement for a candidate to qualify holding an Employment Pass and at the same time, decreasing the quota for foreign expatriates to be in Singapore.
All employers in Singapore are expected to adhere to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices. This is to promote fair employment practices and improve labour market transparency to build and retain a core of Singapore employees and to further support employment opportunities of locals in Singapore.
If there is no quota, will it be difficult to attain an Employment Pass?
Based on recent events, even though there is no quota for a Singapore registered Company to hire an Employment Pass holder, it can be said the Covid-19 pandemic did hinder the Employment Pass application process.
However, as we reach towards the endemic stage, approvals are aplenty. The influx of approvals indicate the government’s plan to replenish the talents who left during the pandemic.
While the approvals are streaming in, we have noticed a longer processing time for applications.
Without a doubt, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) still allows employers to apply for an Employment Pass for the foreign candidates. However, they will strictly filter each application based on their qualifications, salary offered, and work experiences.
In the latest developments, the minimum salary for EP application will be raised from S$4,500 to S$5,000. Singapore companies who wish to hire a foreign professional should act now and apply for an EP before the new requirements in September 2022.
What are the requirements to apply for an Employment Pass in Singapore?
In general, there are a few factors that determine the success rate of an Employment pass application, be it a new application or a renewal one. It includes position chosen, salary offered, academic qualification and years of experience in that industry.
Even getting a job in certain industries in Singapore is quite tough due to the current state of the employment market. Depending on your industry, you must take into consideration all the essential factors.
For potential candidate:
Salary offered must be at par with the position, age, qualification, and year of experiences of the potential candidate. This can be checked via the MOM Self-Assessment Tool (SAT). Any salary offered lower than the minimum stated in SAT, will be auto rejected by MOM
Education qualification obtained from accredited institution.
Professional certificate obtained that relates to the position applied is an added advantage
Long acquire experiences towards the field of choice will also be an added advantage in an Employment Pass application
For employing Company:
Ensure all Government related filings are done annually without failed
Ensure to maintain good relationship with clients and ensure contracts are long term
Maintain and well-keep invoices issued to clients and payments records are recorded nicely
Hire local employees and pay out CPF contribution as MOM will review if the employing Companies also gives fair treatment to local candidates
Ensure Company bank have sufficient fund to cover the potential foreign candidate salary for the next 12 months and cover the business operation expenses
You may look into the article about Employment Pass procedure to know the in-dept procedure and the potential additional/supporting documents Ministry of Manpower (MOM) might request for.
Overall, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) did not restrict any nationality to apply for an Employment Pass or have a quota for Singapore Employment Pass. All the talents that are able to enhance the Singapore economy are welcome to work in Singapore.
However, the critical deciding factor is whether such talents are scarce and not available locally. All in all, it comes down to MOM whether or not you are a suitable fit to contribute to the country.
Where can i get the Employment Pass Application Form?Tiwi2021-03-30T18:33:18+08:00
Job scope and qualifications do not match. Educational profile and experience should be aligned with the job requirements.
The applicant’s previous employer did not hire locals or had an imbalanced ratio of locals to foreign employees in the company. This shows a lack of contribution to Singapore and a lack of trust in the local economy. It also casts a poor light on the company with regard to its global standing.
A local can easily take the job which the applicant is pursuing. In such a case, there is no need for a foreign talent as there are enough locals that can already do the same job.
Criteria such as academic and salary qualifications are not fulfilled to an appropriate level.
The duration of the applicant’s previous job is less than two years and the applicant changed job without any acceptable reason. The Ministry of Manpower takes a dim view of job-hoppers and applicants with questionable work records.
How to Check Employment Pass Application Status?Tiwi2021-03-30T18:38:53+08:00
There are several advantages which are provided to applicants for as well as holders of an Employment Pass which do not exist for those of other Singapore work visas.
S Pass holders are not permitted to either own or be the director of a company. They are also barred from entering certain lines of work.
Personalized Employment Pass holders have a much higher salary requirement than do Employment Pass holders. They too are not permitted to enter specific lines of work.
EntrePass holders are required to fulfil specific criteria related to their status as an entrepreneur, innovator, or investor. None of these additional requirements are applicable with regard to the EP. Thus, it is only to be expected that the EP is the Singapore work visa most commonly selected by foreigners.
What are some Jobs Bank Requirements of Companies Applying for an Employment Pass?Tiwi2021-03-30T18:28:34+08:00
Since August 2014, the Ministry of Manpower has required companies that intend to hire EP holders to first advertise the relevant position in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Jobs Bank. However, certain exceptions apply.
The following positions are exempted:
Jobs in firms with fewer than 25 employees
Jobs that pay more than S$12,000 per month
Intra-corporate transferees (i.e. candidates holding senior positions / professionals with advanced levels of expertise)
Short-term positions (less than one month)
What happens when your Employment Pass application is rejected?Tiwi2021-03-30T18:27:33+08:00
Sometimes, an Employment Pass application is rejected by the authorities. If such has happened to you, we will investigate why the outcome was so. We will consider the Ministry of Manpower’s reasons, establish a firm appeal in your defence, address the issues raised, and provide any needed documents on request.
Appeals take at least three weeks to be completed, though this duration may sometimes be longer.
Any appeal must be submitted within three months of the official rejection. After this time period, a new application must be submitted.
What is the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)Tiwi2021-03-30T18:16:31+08:00
The SAT serves as a gauge of one’s chances of receiving an Employment Pass; it is not an exact means of determining either approval or rejection of such an application.. Applicants and employers can check whether they meet the specific requirements to obtain the proper work passes. The SAT is reliable and has as a high level of accuracy. The SAT will aid in checking one’s eligibility based on nationality, education profile, working background or experience, and salary profile.
Should the SAT results indicate that an applicant is not eligible, the applicant is advised to abandon the application because the application may be outright rejected. However, the SAT is merely a reference and does not depict actual results; the application will nevertheless be thoroughly reviewed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) authorities. The Self-Assessment Tool exists on the MOM’s website.
I am an EntrePass holder. Can I register a business?Tiwi2020-06-23T11:56:24+08:00
If I am holding a valid EntrePass for the company that currently employs me but wish to leave the current post to start my own business venture, must I cancel my existing EP before applying for AIP EP?Tiwi2020-06-23T11:55:57+08:00
Yes, you will need to cancel your existing EntrePass before applying for AIP EP.
If I am holding a valid EntrePass (EP) for the company that currently employs me and at the same time, wish to start my own business without resigning from my present job, must I cancel my existing EP before applying for AIP EP?Tiwi2020-06-23T11:55:36+08:00
No, you need not cancel your existing EP. Rather, you should apply for AIP EP along with a letter of no objection from your current employer. Your AIP EP will be treated as an application for an additional EntrePass to work for another company.