Changes Announced to Singapore’s Foreign Workforce Policy

On Monday, March 5, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower announced changes to its foreign workforce policy in an effort to restrict the hiring of foreign workers to protect the quality of work and opportunities for local citizens. Specifically, the Ministry has proposed the expansion of the Fair ConsiderationFramework hiring requirements to apply to more companies and open positions. Currently, job advertising is required for employers with more than 25 workers and for those that pay less than $12,000 SGD monthly. Starting July 1, 2018, a job must be advertised if the office has 10 or more employees and pays a salary of less than $15,000 SGD a month. The expansion also comes with an increase in the minimum wage requirement for S Pass holders.