Use EOR to hire compliantly in Singapore

Looking to hire and employ workers in Singapore? Choose an Employer of Record (EOR) to carry out all tasks, from onboarding to exit, efficiently and without any hassles.

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Employment & hiring statistics in Singapore

SGD $

Salary payment currency

English

Contract language

44

Working hours per week

None

Min. hourly salary

7.75% - 17.25%

Employer cost

10

Bank holidays per year

1st Jan - 31st Dec

Tax cycle

0%-35%

Employee tax

Hire effortlessly in Singapore with EOR

Costs no more than US $300/employee/month

The all-in-one guide to hiring in
Singapore

Contracts & Agreements

Compensation & Benefits

Taxes & Costs

Termination & Severance

Contracts & Agreements

Employment contracts in Singapore should be clear and strongly written. Common clauses for employer protection include intellectual property and confidentiality as well as a job description. The 2 main types of contracts in Singapore are:

Permanent Contracts

Permanent contracts offer a long-term employment relationship where the employee is hired on a permanent basis, subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the contract.

Fixed-term Agreement

Contracts that define a fixed number of months or years of employment are known as fixed-term contracts. These contracts are commonly used for project-based work, seasonal employment, or temporary staff hiring.
With An EOR solution, your employees sign a legal contract with the Employer Of Record while they share a normal working relationship with you.

Visa

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore is a government ministry responsible for formulating and implementing policies related to the labor market, employment, and workplace practices in Singapore. In addition to issuing work visas, it enforces fair and ethical employment standards, promotes workplace safety & health, undertakes initiatives to upskill the workforce, and more.
The main visas issued by the Ministry of Manpower include:

Employment Pass

The Employment Pass allows foreign professionals, managers and executives to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn at least $5,000 a month. Employers must also demonstrate that they have fairly considered all jobseekers. It can be issued for 2 years initially and extended for a further 3 years to total 5 years of validity.
To qualify for EP applications, candidates will need to pass a 2-stage eligibility framework:
Stage 1 (EP qualifying salary)
Stage 2 (COMPASS)
COMPASS is a transparent points-based system that enables employers to select high-quality foreign professionals, while improving workforce diversity and building a strong local core. An application needs to earn 40 points to pass COMPASS.

S Pass

The S Pass offers flexibility to employers to hire skilled workers (Associate Professionals and Technicians (APTs)) who may not meet the EP criteria, subject to a quota. New candidates need to earn at least $3,150 a month. It is issued for up to 2 years.
The S Pass is for foreign employees across all nationalities or citizenships who:

Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass

The Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass is a personalised pass for top talent in all sectors, such as business, arts and culture, sports, academia and research. This pass is issued for a duration of 5 years for first-time candidates and subsequent renewals are also done for 5 years.
Candidates need to meet one of the criteria below to apply for an Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass:
For an overseas company without a Singapore-registered office, an application through a local sponsor will be required. To learn which visa your employee needs before beginning work in Singapore, contact one of our experts .

Compensation & Benefits

Minimum Pay

Singapore has no minimum wage laws or regulations as it prefers to allow businesses and workers to negotiate based on individual experience and market demand.
In some industries, Singapore has introduced Progressive Wage Models (PWM) to benchmark salaries according to skills and provide a clear career path.

Payout Cycle

The standard payroll cycle in Singapore is monthly and salary is typically paid at the end of the month.

Working Hours

The standard workweek in Singapore is of 44 hours, with a maximum of 8 hours of work per day. Lunch breaks of at least 30 minutes are mandatory.

Guaranteed Benefits

Ask us for a Salary Benchmark for your EOR worker.

Find out how Employer of Record (EOR) can help you make your first hire in Singapore

Taxes & Costs

Tax for Employees

Income tax is applied to an employee’s salary, according to the following structure:
Taxable income band (SGD) National income tax rate
0 - 20000
No tax
20000 - 30000
2%
30000 - 40000
3.5%
40000 - 80000
7%
80000 - 120000
11.5%
120000 - 160000
15%
160000 - 200000
18%
200000 - 240000
19%
240000 - 280000
19.5%
280000 - 320000
20%
320000 & above
22%

Employer Cost

Employers in Singapore must contribute to Central Provident fund depending on the age of the employee. Additionally, they must also pay a Skills Development Levy (SDL) up to 0.25%, with a minimum contribution of $2 for an employee earning less than $800 a month and a maximum contribution of $11.25 for an employee earning more than $4,500 a month.
Here is the CPF contribution structure:
Employees age (years) Contribution by employer (% of wage)
55 & below
17%
55 - 60
14.5%
60 - 65
11%
65 - 70
8.5%
Above 70
7.5%
Ask us for a Gross to Net simulation or a Total Employment Cost calculation for your EOR worker.

Leaves

Every employee working in Singapore is provided different types of leaves throughout the year. These include:

Annual Leave

All employees are entitled to 7-14 days of paid annual leave depending upon the number of years they’ve been working for an organization.
Year of service Annual Leave Entitlement (Days)
1
7
2
8
3
9
4
10
5
11
6
12
7
13
8 and above
14

Sick Leave

After 6 months of employment, an employee gets 14 days of paid sick leaves per annum. If hospitalisation is required, 60 days are granted to an employee. Employers should be informed about the sick leave within 48 hours.

Parental Leave

Working mothers in Singapore are entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. Working fathers are entitled to 2 weeks of paid paternity leave.
In addition to these leaves, employees are granted Bereavement Leave, Marriage Leave, Voting Day Leave, and more. For a full list of leaves and public holidays that your new hire in Singapore is entitled to, talk to one of our experts .

Termination & Severance

Termination

Employers in Singapore may terminate an employee's contract for different reasons like:
One month’s termination notice – from both the employee and employer – is normally agreed upon in the contract.

Severance Pay

When an employee is terminated after two years of employment, he or she may receive a retrenchment benefit. Any entitlement amount is usually specified in the employment agreement and typically ranges from 2 to 4 weeks' pay for each year of employment. For those with less than 2 years service, or no specific clause in their employment agreement, an ex-gratia payment may be made by an employer out of goodwill.

Ready to expand your business across multiple countries in the APAC region?​

Why choose an Employer Of Record (EOR)
in Singapore?

An Employer Of Record (EOR) solution is relevant for multiple use cases:

Why trust BGC as your Employer Of Record (EOR)?

Industry Expertise

Since 2005, BGC has an extensive experience and proven track record of earning the trust of numerous clients.

Technology Leverage

Streamline operations with advanced technology which result in quicker time to onboard and pay.

Cost-effective pricing

Transparent and affordable monthly pricing that allows you to scale your workforce without any hassles.

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