Getting manpower-lean

S Pass holder prepared to put in extra effort

Mr Zhu Shenggang, 45, left Shandong in China to come to work in Singapore 12 years ago so he could earn more money for his children's education. The S Pass holder, who is now a head chef at halal eatery Mak's Place - The Hawkerant, works six days a w
Mr Zhu Shenggang, 45, left Shandong in China to come to work in Singapore 12 years ago so he could earn more money for his children's education. The S Pass holder, who is now a head chef at halal eatery Mak's Place - The Hawkerant, works six days a week, from 3pm to about 1am, and earns about $3,600 a month.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Forty-five-year-old Mr Zhu Shenggang hails from Shandong, a province in eastern China. But for the past 12 years, Singapore has been home for the S Pass holder, who is a head chef at a halal eatery serving Asian and Western cuisine.

An S Pass worker refers to a mid-skilled foreign employee who earns at least $2,300 a month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'S Pass holder prepared to put in extra effort'. Print Edition | Subscribe