Singapore aims to restrict the flow of expat workers by tightening eligibility requirements for foreigners entering “lower and mid-level professional, managerial and executive jobs.” The new rules center on salary and education requirements.
According to a statement from Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower:
The Government is committed to managing the size of the foreign workforce, as part of our broader strategies to achieve productivity-driven economic growth, as well as to ensure that Singaporeans remain at the core of a diverse and globally competitive workforce. Our aim is to avoid increasing dependence on foreign workers over the long term, by keeping the foreign share of the workforce at about one-third.
The country’s “employment pass” (EP) framework will be modified as follows:
- Education credentials will be examined more closely so that only expat workers from quality institutions will be accepted
- The minimum monthly salary necessary to be eligible for an EP will be raised to $3,000. Expats with significant work experience would have to earn higher salaries to qualify.