Singapore is home to a multicultural local workforce of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races. Sound workplace integration policies and a common working language have made unity and diversity prominent features of its workforce. Many companies here ensure fair working environments that reward individuals based on merit.

       Businesses prize the Singapore workforce for its high literacy rate, competency levels, and its ability to bridge Asian and Western cultures. With a population of just under 5 million, with over 110,000 expatriates and 7,000 multinational companies operating here, global citizens will also feel right at home forging a career in Singapore.

Singapore Various Passes:
Employment Pass (EP)

      The Employment Pass allows foreign professionals to work in Singapore. It applies to foreigners who earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $3,300, and have acceptable qualifications. Employers must make applications for Employment Passes on behalf of a job candidate. Any change of employer will require a new application.

Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)

        The Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) is for certain group of existing Employment Pass holders and overseas foreign professionals. Unlike an Employment Pass, which must be cancelled when the pass holder leaves the employer, the PEP is not tied to the employer and is granted on the strength of the applicant’s merit. A PEP holder can remain in Singapore for up to six months between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities.


     Foreign entrepreneurs who would like to start businesses in Singapore should apply for the EntrePass.

Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate

     The Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate has been discontinued since 1 December 2011. The Ministry of Manpower no longer accept any applications or appeals for this scheme.

S Pass

        The S Pass allows mid-level skilled foreigners who earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $2,200 to work in Singapore. Employers must make S Pass applications on behalf of a job candidate.

        S Pass applications are assessed on multiple criteria including salary, education qualification, skills, job type and work experience.

Work Permit

        A Work Permit (WP) is generally issued to foreign unskilled workers.

     The duration of a Work Permit is generally two years, subject to the validity of the worker’s passport, the Banker’s/Insurance Guarantee, and the worker’s employment period, whichever is shorter. The worker is only allowed to work for the employer and in the specified occupation

     Specific variants of Work Permits allow foreigners to work as domestic helpers, confinement nannies and performing artistes.

Training Employment Pass

     Foreigners undergoing practical training attachments for professional, managerial, executive or specialist jobs in Singapore should apply for a Training Employment Pass.

Training Work Permit

     The Training Work Permit allows unskilled or semi-skilled foreign trainees undergoing practical training in Singapore to work for up to six months