14 June 2022

Immigration guide - Complementarity Assessment (COMPASS) Framework

Introduction

The Ministry of Manpower has announced a new point-based Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) to assess foreign candidates’ eligibility for the Singapore Employment Pass (EP).

The framework will enable employers to select high-quality foreign professionals to work in Singapore and improve the workforce diversity, while building a strong Singaporean core.

From 1 September 2023, new EP applications will be assessed under the new framework. Renewal applications will also be assessed under the same framework from 1 September 2024.

Criteria

Under the framework, the EP application will be assessed on four foundational criteria, namely Salary, Qualifications, Diversity and Support for Local Employment. Further to the four foundational criteria, there are two bonus criteria that recognise applications bringing in skills that are not readily available in Singapore and support strategic economic priorities, which create jobs for Singaporeans.

Under the foundational criteria, points will be awarded if the application meets or exceeds expectations. 

Points for each foundational criterion  Assessment 
20  Exceeds expectations
10 Meets expectations
0 Does not meet expectations

To qualify for EP, the candidate must score 40 points from the four foundational criteria, or by scoring points under the bonus criteria. 

  Individual attributes    Firm-related attributes   
Foundational criteria  C1. Salary
Fixed monthly salary compared to local PMET salaries in sector by age
Points C3. Diversity
Share of candidate's nationality among firm’s PMETs.* 
Points
 ≥ 90th percentile  20 < 5% 20
 65th to 90th percentile  10 5 to 25%   10
 < 65th percentile  0 ≥ 25%  0
C2. Qualifications
Based on candidate’s qualifications
  C4. Support for Local Employment
Firm’s share of local PMETs within its subsector*
 
 Top-tier institution  20  ≥ 50th percentile  20
 Degree-equivalent qualification  10  20th to 50th percentile  10
 No degree-equivalent qualification  0  < 20th percentile  0
 Bonus criteria  C5. Skills Bonus    C6. Strategic Economic Priorities Bonus  
Job on the Shortage Occupation List  20 Firm meets specific assessment criteria on innovation or internationalisation activities  10

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