Singapore, Employment Pass (EP), S Pass, Ministry of Manpower, Dr. Tan See Leng

The number of EP holders who were PMEs in that period ranged from 93,300 to 153,600, while the number of S Pass holders who were PMEs ranged from 26,800 to 72,400 in the same period.

From 2010 to 2020, the average number of Employment Pass (EP) and S Pass holders in Singapore under the professionals, managers, and executives (PMEs) category was recorded at 137,600 and 56,300 respectively.

Responding to a Parliamentary question, Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng broke down the data: the number of EP holders who were PMEs ranged from 93,300 to 153,600, while the number of S Pass holders who were PMEs ranged from 26,800 to 72,400.

In the same period, the average number of these pass holders who were associate professionals and technicians (APTs) was as follows:

  • EP holders: 28,100; in total, the numbers ranged from 21,200 to 30,400 over the years.
  • S Pass holders: 62,900; in total, the numbers ranged from 38,900 to 70,800 over the years.

Finally, as further shared by the Minister, the average number of EP holders who were non-professionals, managers, executives, and technicians (non-PMETs), in the same 10-year frame, stood at 10,000; while that of S Pass holders in this category stood at 40,000.

Taking a closer look at the numbers, there were between 8,000 to 12,600  EP holders who were non-PMETs in those years, along with 24,800 to 54,500 S Pass holders who were non-PMETs.


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