Quota Calculation And Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) In Singapore

Quota Calculation And Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) In Singapore

How should I count my local employees to calculate my Work Permit and S Pass quota in Singapore?

Your local employee must earn the Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) of at least $1,200 before they can be counted towards your quota entitlement.

A Singaporean or Permanent Resident employee employed under a contract of service, including the company’s director, is counted as:

  • 1 local employee if they earn the LQS of at least $1,200 per month.
  • 0.5 local employee if they earn half the LQS of at least $600 to below $1,200 per month.
Local employee Monthly salary Count
A $4,500 1
B $1,200 1
C $600 0.5
D $800 0.5
E $400
Total number of local employees 3

Employees A and B are considered 2 local employees because they each earn at least $1,200.

Employees C and D make up 1 local employee because they each earn $600 to below $1,200.

Employee E is not counted because the salary is below $600.

Note: From 1 July 2019, a Singaporean or Permanent Resident employee employed under a contract of service, including the company’s director is counted as:

  • 1 local employee if they earn the LQS of at least $1,300 per month.
  • 0.5 local employee if they earn half the LQS of at least $650 to below $1,300 per month.
The following employees are also not counted when calculating your quota:
  • Business owners of sole proprietorships or partnerships.
  • Employees who receive CPF contributions from three or more employers.

If you have multiple CPF accounts in your company, you should not contribute CPF for the same employee under the different accounts to get more quota.

If you hired new employees recently, you won’t see an immediate adjustment in your quota. It depends on when you pay the CPF contribution for each employee.

 

What is the Local Qualifying Salary (LQS)?

The Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) determines the number of local employees who can be used to calculate your Work Permit and S Pass quota entitlement. The LQS was previously known as the Full-Time Equivalent salary.

The LQS ensures that local workers are employed meaningfully, rather than being employed on token salaries to allow the employer access to foreign workers. This also ensures that our quota controls remain effective and keep pace with income levels.

A Singaporean or Permanent Resident employee employed under a contract of service, including the company’s director, is counted as:

  • 1 local employee if they earn the LQS of at least $1,200 per month.
  • 0.5 local employee if they earn half the LQS of at least $600 to below $1,200 per month.

From 1 July 2019, a Singaporean or Permanent Resident employee employed under a contract of service, including the company’s director is counted as:

  • 1 local employee if they earn the LQS of at least $1,300 per month.
  • 5 local employee if they earn half the LQS of at least $650 to below $1,300 per month.

 

Updating of Local workforce Quota

When the Local Workforce Quota is updated by MOM?

Local workforce is determined by the average of CPF contributions over a three-month period updated on the second working day and second Saturday of each month.

 

Source of Information:

For all types of Work Passes with their related matters is from the Ministry Of Manpower (MOM), TAFEP &/or Immigration And Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore accordingly.

For all other matters are from the relevant Authorities or Agencies of Government of Singapore.

 

ACHI BIZ is one of the licensed Employment Agencies in Singapore. We will assist your work pass related applications and appeals at our level best with the regulatory authority Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) for successful outcome.
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