Constraints of the Singapore S Pass Work Visa
The other work visa that is widely applied is the S Pass, targeted at skilled and semi-skilled workers. There are no restrictions of nationalities and S Pass holders are usually individuals who have fulfilled the requirements as specified by the company.
All companies in Singapore are subjected to a quota system that limits the number of S Pass holders in a company. For example, a company in the service sector must have more than 10% of their staff as S Pass holders. It is also mandatory for employers to pay a certain amount of monthly levy depending on the number of S Pass holders who have been employed.
Which Industries Are Employing Work Permit Holders?
The most basic work pass is the Singapore Work Permit (WP). A work permit allows low to semi-skilled workers in labour-intensive sectors such as the following to work in Singapore:
Similar to the S Pass, there is also a quota system for this work visa. The employer is required to pay a foreign worker levy, fulfil the foreign worker quota, and provide medical insurance for employees. Upon issuance, this pass is valid for up to two years and is renewable thereafter.
Why is Employment Pass a Better Choice?
If you are in a dilemma of whether you need a professional tier working visa in Singapore, we would recommend the Singapore Employment Pass which has long-term benefits.
Although both the Employment Pass and EntrePass grant you the ability to bring in dependants, the validity of the EntrePass is only a year but is renewable thereafter. Holders of EntrePass will not be able to bring in dependants on the first year. Only after renewing the pass, they will be able enjoy the dependant privileges.
For Personalised Employment Pass, there are 2 key disadvantages in the long run:
Therefore, Employment pass visa gives you more flexibility and advantages as a job seeker or as a foreign entrepreneur who plans to start their business in Singapore.