Most companies in Singapore operate on a five-day work week. Annual leave varies from 7 to 14 days, usually increasing with length of service and seniority. Contracts often include 2 to 3 weeks of paid sick leave.

Tax for foreigner working in Singapore

One of the main attractions for global talent is Singapore’s personal income tax rates, which are among the lowest in the world. If you have been in Singapore for at least 183 days in a calendar year, you are considered a tax resident and will be taxed on all income that is incidental to employment in Singapore. Non-residents, who are in Singapore for less than 183 days a year, will be taxed only on income earned in Singapore and not entitled to tax reliefs. To find out more information and tax rates, visit the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) website.

Work pass

Only holders of a valid Employment Pass may work in Singapore. There are four types of Employment Passes as follows:

 

Pass type

Type of applicants

Examples of eligibility criteria

P1 Employment Pass

Professional, Managerial, Executive or Specialist jobs

  • Fixed monthly salary = S$8,000

P2 Employment Pass

Professional, Managerial, Executive or Specialist jobs

  • Fixed monthly salary = S$4,500
  • Possesses recognised qualifications

Q1 Employment Pass

Professional, Managerial, Executive or Specialist jobs

  • Young graduate from good institution could qualify if they earn at least S$3,000
  • Older applicants would have to command higher salaries to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring

S Pass

Professional, Specialist or Technician jobs

  • Fixed monthly salary = S$2,200
  • Possesses recognised qualifications

 

Another pass, the Personalised Employment Pass, is a premium pass for top-tier foreign talent. It allows a foreigner to stay on in Singapore for 6 months, even after he decides to leave his company to seek new employment.

Please visit the Ministry of Manpower website for more details