Foreign Worker Levy (FWL)

Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) (Info)

What is the Foreign Worker Levy

If you employ Work Permit or S Pass holders you may be limited by a quota for your industry. You will also have to pay a monthly levy for each worker.

The foreign worker levy, commonly known as “levy”, is a pricing mechanism to regulate the number of foreign workers in Singapore.

The levy liability will start from the day the Temporary Work Permit, Work Permit or S Pass is issued, whichever is earlier. It ends when the permit is cancelled or expires.

As an employer, you don’t have to pay Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions for foreign workers. However, you must pay a monthly levy for Work Permit and S Pass holders.


Levy rate and quota

The Foreign Worker Levy you pay depends on two factors:

  1. The worker’s qualifications.
  2. Dependency ceiling or quota (for manufacturing and services sectors).

The FWL quota and rate vary according to the following respective industries:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine Shipyard
  • Process
  • Service

You may wish to visit Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) or to use Quota Calculator (MOM) online for detailed information and current updates.


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