Employment Pass: Timing of new rules a concern

Firms with shortage of S'poreans with right skills may face more costs, amid virus outbreak

The minimum qualifying salary for new Employment Passes will be raised from $3,600 to $3,900 from May 1 and from May 1 next year for renewals. Older and more experienced applicants will need to be paid more.
The minimum qualifying salary for new Employment Passes will be raised from $3,600 to $3,900 from May 1 and from May 1 next year for renewals. Older and more experienced applicants will need to be paid more. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

The tighter rules on hiring skilled foreigners on Employment Passes (EPs) come at a difficult time for firms under stress due to the coronavirus outbreak, some experts said.

The changes will raise costs for firms where there is a shortage of Singaporeans with the right technical skills, they added.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2020, with the headline 'Employment Pass: Timing of new rules a concern'. Subscribe