Singapore – Reminder of Increase in Minimum Qualifying Salary for S Passes

What has changed

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) previously announced in March of 2018, changes to the threshold of the minimum qualifying salary for S Passes. Employers sponsoring S Pass holders need to meet the new salary requirements by the effective dates listed below.

Who is affected

All companies who sponsor foreign employees in Singapore or planning to send employees to Singapore in the future with S Passes.

What to expect

The following changes will take place over the next two (2) years:
  • Effective January 1, 2019, the MOM will increase the minimum qualifying salary for S Passes from SGD 2,200 to SGD 2,300 per month.
  • Beginning January 1, 2020, the MOM will increase the qualifying salary for the S Pass to SGD 2,400 per month.
  • Existing S Passes expiring between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019, may be renewed for up to one (1) year.
  • Existing S Passes expiring July 1, 2019 and thereafter will only be renewed if they meet the new minimum qualifying salary of SGD 2,300 (which is expected to increase with length of experience).

What you need to do

Employers should use the MOM’s Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to determine whether an existing S Pass holder will still be eligible to hold the S Pass. If ineligible, the employer may either need to raise the S Pass holder’s salary to allow the employee to be eligible for the S Pass, or hire more Singaporean citizens/permanent residents to replace S Pass holders. Employers should contact Emigra Worldwide for any support they may need