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Levies and Quotas for Hiring Foreign Workers
The Foreign Worker Levy is a pricing mechanism to control the number of foreign workers (including Foreign Domestic Workers) in Singapore. While they are not required to pay CPF contributions for foreign workers, employers are liable to pay monthly levies to hire employees who hold Work Permits or S Passes.
If a foreign worker on the Foreign Worker Levy Scheme is subsequently granted Singapore Permanent Resident status, he will be placed on the CPF scheme. This will take effect from the day he is granted Permanent Resident status.
Foreign worker levies applicable to Work Permit holders
Employers who hire skilled Work Permit holders can enjoy lower levy rates, subject to the Dependency Ratio of their industry. In order for lower levy rates to apply, i.e. in order for a Work Permit holder to be considered skilled, the Work Permit holder must possess relevant academic or skills-based test qualifications and certificates.
(1) Skilled workers belonging to the categories of above 55% to 65% of the total workforce in the Manufacturing Sector and above 25% to 50%
of the total workforce in the Service Sector are not eligible for the skilled levy rates.
(2) The MYE allocation quota for Construction and Process sectors will be reduced by 5%.
(3) The monthly levy rate of $310 only applies to Non-Traditional Sources (NTS) or People's Republic of China (PRC) workers in the construction and process industries, who have been exempted from the requirement of Man-Year Entitlements (MYEs). To be exempted from MYE, the
foreign worker must have at least two years' working experience in his respective industry and his employer has applied for a Work Permit without any Prior Approval support.
* Non-Traditional Sources - India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines, Pakistan
A FDW levy of $265 (normal) or $170 (concession) is to be paid by employers at the end of each month. Levy charges begin one day after she arrives in Singapore. For a first-time FDW, the levy will begin on the fourth day of her arrival (excluding the day of arrival). Levy payments should be made via GIRO. The FDW's Work Permit will be cancelled if you fail to maintain a valid GIRO account. The levy for each month is payable by the employer at the end of each month. The payment due date is the 14th (for manual payment) or 17th (for GIRO payment) of the following month. If the 17th is a non-working day, the deduction will be made on the next working day. If you wish to view your levy bills online, you can register for the Internet Foreign Worker Levy Billing System.
(1) For all sectors, S Passes' Dependency Ceiling (DC) of 25% will be counted within the Work Permits' DC.
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Under the Skills Development Levy Act, every employer is required to pay a monthly Skills Development Levy (SDL) for his foreign employees, i.e. Work Permit and S Pass holders.