Singapore: Stricter Employment Pass Criteria Introduced for Noncompliant Employers

In order to preserve Singaporean employees in the workforce, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has started considering a company’s foreign-to-local worker ratio in the review of Employment Pass applications. Employers who have a disproportionate number of foreign employees in their workforce compared to industry standards, and who have not shown a commitment to hire and promote local workers, may find it harder to obtain Employment Passes for their foreign employees.singapore

Background

Following the implementation of the mandatory job posting rule in August 2014, the MOM and Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices have recently taken the following steps to further ensure that local workers are fairly considered in the hiring process:

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