Once you’ve registered your company in Singapore, and start looking to expand your operations by increasing your company’s staff count, you might want to hire talent from overseas.

Employment Pass and S Pass Work Permit are two different documents that allow foreign nationals to legally work in Singapore for a locally incorporated company. They are designed for mid-skilled and highly skilled professionals.

However, you might think they are really similar and wonder what the difference is between these two types of work visas. We’ve broken down the criteria, minimum salary requirements, and quota of these passes you can have for your company.

Employment Pass – Who it is for

Highly skilled professionals with a job offer in Singapore.

S Pass – Who it is for

Mid-skilled skilled staff

Employment Pass Eligibility criteria for employees

  • Have a job offer in Singapore
  • Work in a managerial, executive or specialized job
  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,500 (older, more experienced candidates need higher salaries).
  • Have acceptable qualifications, usually a good university degree, professional qualifications or specialized skills.

S Pass Eligibility criteria for employees

  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $2,500 (older, more experienced applicants need higher salaries to qualify);
  • Have a degree, diploma, or technical certificate that requires at least 1 year of full-time study;
  • Have relevant work experience.

Who can apply for an employment pass

  • A Singapore-registered employer
  • An appointed employment agent
  • If the pass holder changes jobs, the new employer has to apply for a new pass.

Who can apply for an S pass

  • A Singapore-registered employer
  • An appointed employment agent
  • If the pass holder changes jobs, the new employer has to apply for a new pass.

Take note that requirements might change over time.