16 Aug '11, 6am

New requirements for employment pass holders

SINGAPORE - Starting next January, new applicants for two of the three categories of employment passes will have to earn higher minimum salaries. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced this during his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) provided more details this morning. It said Q1 pass holders, the lowest rung of employment passes, will have to earn at least S$3,000, up from the current S$2,800. And they must come from good quality institutions. Older applicants will also have to earn higher pay, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring. The qualifying salary for P2 employment pass will jump from S$4,000 to S$4,500, while P1 passes will see no change to the salary threshold of S$8,000. Echoing Mr Lee's point that Singaporeans will remain at the core of our workforce, Deputy Prime Minister Tharm...

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