Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Looking for a job in Singapore? How to apply for an employment pass?

There have been enhancements made to the Employment Pass Framework which will be effective from January 2012. Take note of the latest employment pass rules.Foreigners who are interested to work and has a job offer in Singapore may apply for an Employment Pass (EP).


From 1 January 2012, the qualifying salary for the Q1 Pass will be increased from $2,800 to at least $3,000 for young graduates, while older applicants would have to command a higher salary to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring. The qualifying salary for the P2 Pass will be raised from $4,000 to $4,500. There will be no change in the qualifying salary for P1 Pass which remains at $8,000. Concurrently, educational qualifications requirements will be tightened. 


Employment Pass (EP) is a work pass for foreign professionals working in managerial, executive or specialised jobs, which will allow the employee to bring in dependents.


The different employment pass types available are:




Pass typeExamples of eligibility criteria
P1 Employment Pass
P2 Employment Pass
Q1 Employment Pass
  • Fixed monthly salary ≥ $2,800
  • Possesses recognised qualifications
  • In lieu of acceptable qualifications, compensatory factors such as skills and years of experience may also be considered (a minimum of five years relevant work experience is recommended)
Information from Ministry of Manpower.

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