Work pass quotas temporarily increased for eligible companies

20 Dec 22



The Singaporean government recently announced that it will accept applications for temporary increases in work pass quotas through the Manpower for Strategic Economic Priorities scheme.

Key Points:

  • Eligible companies can obtain additional S Pass and Work Permit quotas of up to 5% above their base workforce headcount, subject to a cap of 50 workers per company. To be eligible, companies must:
    • Participate in programs that support Singapore’s key economic priorities, including investments that support the country’s hub strategy, innovation or research and development, or internationalization.
    • Commit to hiring and training locals.
  • The increased work pass quota flexibility will last for two years upon enrollment and can be renewed thereafter, subject to meeting renewal conditions.
  • More information regarding the temporary increase in work pass quotas is available here.

BAL Analysis: The M-SEP scheme signals Singapore’s commitment to promote economic growth and create more jobs for Singaporeans and foreign nationals alike. Eligible companies benefit from additional S Pass and Work Permit quotas and will allow them to access a larger labor market.

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