Category Archives: Foreign Employment

S Pass Holder Minimum Basic Salary

Is there a minimum basic salary we have to give to our S Pass Holder?

The law does not indicate any minimum basic salary, but highlight that a S Pass Holder should earn at least $2,200 fixed monthly salary. That means, if your fixed monthly allowances is $1500, your basic can be as low as $700.

Such can be abused by companies easily – have the basic to be as low as possible so as to reduce the co-related benefits accordingly (e.g. AWS). Some said this is a cost cutting measure provided for the company. In anyway, it is a matter of perspective.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
S Pass


I cancelled a Work Pass. When must I return to MOM?

Whether or not it is a work permit, S-Pass, or Employment Pass, we are obliged to return the pass within 1 week from the day of cancellation. MOM will send a reminder (or warning?) if we fail to do so.

I can’t find my Temporary Work Permit expiry date.

Your temporary work permit expiry date will be peg to the date stipulated in your In Principal Approval (IPA), which is also the deadline for your employer to issue you the pass. This has also been stated clearly in your Temporary Work Permit.

In order to protect yourself, do ensure your employer gives you the IPA, and when it is about to expire, do highlight and your employer can extend the IPA date via MOM portal.

I am a S Pass Holder, can I get pregnant?

If you are a S Pass or Employment Pass Holder, you do not have to seek approval from MOM. Reference from MOM email reply to my query.

However, for Work Permit Holders, they are not supposed to be pregnant (unless she is married to a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident (PR). You can find the FAQ here.

Marriage restrictions for foreign employees

People fall in love, and that’s nature.

If you are a work permit holder, you have to seek MOM approval if you are marrying a Singaporean / PR. You can download the form via MOM:
Work Permit to seek approval for marriage

If you are a S Pass or Employment Pass holder, you do not have to seek MOM approval.
Such FAQ can also be found in MOM:
S Pass marriage restrictions
Employment Pass marriage restrictions

Does a Temporary Work Permit allows employee to stay in Singapore?

A temporary work permit is usually issued to Malaysians who have yet to complete their medical appointment, or whose results are still pending.

The permit allows one to start work in Singapore, but however it does not allow him/her to stay in Singapore, where such has to fall back to the validity of his / her Social Visit Pass, which is issued by the Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA).

Do we have to pay for Foreign Worker’s Air Fare upon renewal of contract?

Re posted from HR Singapore

Dear HR Practitioners,

I would like to check if the employment contract end for one of our china worker, do we cancel the work permit and buy a ticket for he/she to return and reapply the work permit for he/she to start a new contract? Reason is employee wanted to return home for vacation, who should bear the flight tickets.

My reply:

If the employment contract is going to end and both the company and the staff is keen to renew the contract, company does not have to bear any air ticket costs. Further, it is not necessary to cancel the work permit for company can choose to renew the permit.

However, if the company is not intending to renew the contract, company is liable to pay for the repatriation costs (e.g. air ticket). For S Pass and Employment Pass Holders, if they give consent in writing, employers can have them bear the costs themselves.

See also:
Do we need to pay for Repatriation Costs?