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Employment & S Pass Qualifying Salaries Raised By $500 To Ensure Worker Quality

Employment & S Pass Qualifying Salaries Raised From Sep 2022

From time to time, the Government adjusts the salary requirements of our foreign workforce applicants to ensure Singapore receives the right calibre of ‘imported talents’.

On Friday (18 Feb), Finance Minister Lawrence Wong announced increases in salary requirements for Employment Pass (EP) and S Pass applicants this year.


From September, S Pass and EP applicants will have to meet the qualifying salary of $3,000 and $5,000 respectively — an increase of $500 from the prevailing requirements.

EP qualifying salary increases to $5,000

Justifying the salary requirements during the Budget 2022 speech, Minister Wong said “how much the employer is prepared to pay” is a good indicator of the quality of a foreign worker.

For EP holders, who ought to be “professionals and senior executives”, the minimum qualifying salary will increase from $4,500 to $5,000.

Those in the financial services industry, which typically pays higher salaries, will have to earn at least $5,500 — up from the current $5,000.

The salary requirements will reportedly ensure that EP applicants are comparable in quality to the top 1/3 of our local PMETs.

The Government will also review its assessment of EP applications, with a view to improving the complementarity and diversity of our foreign workforce.


Additionally, they hope to increase certainty and transparency in this aspect for businesses.

S Pass minimum salary requirement rises to $3,000

Similarly, the qualifying salary for S Pass applicants will also increase, from $2,500 to $3,000 come Sep this year.

Meanwhile, applicants in the financial services sector will have to meet the minimum salary requirement of $3,500.

Moving forward, the Government will be raising the qualifying salaries for S Pass applicants again in Sep 2023 and Sep 2025. The exact figures will be announced closer to the dates.

The requirements for older EP and SP Pass applicants, who are subject to higher qualifying salaries, will also rise in tandem.

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