19 Jul '12, 7am

Foreign Workers’ Income

Two days ago, a Straits Times Insight article mentioned that there were 756,000 foreign workers in Singapore last year. Foreign talent accounts for 30.3% of our work force. This means that out of the 2.5 million working adults in Singapore, 3 in 10 are foreigners. Not all of them are highly paid though. The article went on to say that 645,000 were in fact low-skilled workers on work permits . According to the Ministry of Manpower (link ), a foreign worker on work permit earns a basic salary of not more than $1,800 (not including bonus). The rest – about 110,000 of them – are working in Singapore on employment passes and S-passes . A worker on S-pass earns a fixed monthly salary of at least $1,800. As for employment passes or “EP “, there are 3 types: P1 Pass, P2 Pass, and Q Pass. Apparently, the P1 Pass is the most “prestigious”, as a foreign talent qualifying for it has t...

Full article: http://www.salary.sg/2007/foreign-workers-income/#.UAe7ql...

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