In addition to meeting the qualifying salary, EP candidates must pass a points-based Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) from 1 September 2023.
COMPASS enables employers to select high-quality foreign professionals, while improving workforce diversity and building a strong Singaporean core. It is a transparent system that gives businesses greater clarity and certainty for manpower planning.
COMPASS will apply to:
- New applications from 1 September 2023
- Renewals from 1 September 2024
COMPASS evaluates EP applications based on a holistic set of individual and firm-related attributes.
Your application is scored on four foundational criteria. Applications earn points if they meet or exceed expectations.
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has also stated that applications can also earn additional points on bonus criteria if it meets the relevant qualifying conditions. These criteria recognise applications that bring in skills in shortage and support strategic economic priorities, thus creating good jobs for Singaporeans.
40 points are required to pass COMPASS:
The table below summarises how points are earned.
If you need any assistance in looking at how Compass might affect your workforce please feel free to give us a call.