What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower has added a new category that will be exempt from the new Fair Consideration Framework.

What does the change mean? Companies will not have to advertise for short-term assignments of less than one month.

  • Implementation timeframe: Aug. 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Employment Passes.
  • Who is affected: Companies sponsoring foreign workers for Employment Passes.
  • Impact on processing times: None.
  • Business impact: The exemption benefits employers sponsoring foreign workers on short-term assignment.

Background: The Ministry of Manpower recently announced the new exemption in anticipation of the Fair Consideration Framework, which begins Aug. 1 and requires employers to advertise job positions before applying for Employment Passes for foreign workers.

The Ministry of Manpower will not require employers to advertise for workers on short-term contingencies of less than one month.

Other previously announced exemptions from advertising include ICTs (intracompany transferees), jobs in firms with 25 or fewer employees, and jobs that pay a fixed monthly salary of US$12,000 or more.

BAL Analysis: Employers can now avoid the lengthy and burdensome advertising requirement for short-term job assignments.

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