What are the Work Permit requirements for the Services sector?

Foreign worker eligibility (Services sector)

You can only hire foreign workers who satisfy the conditions for source countries, age when applying, and maximum period of employment.

Source countries

You can employ foreign workers from these countries:

Age when applying

The minimum age for all non-domestic foreign workers is 18 years old.

When applying for a Work Permit:

Maximum period of employment

For the services sector, the maximum number of years a foreign worker can work in Singapore on a Work Permit is as follows:

Nationalities Type of worker Maximum period of employment
PRC R2 10 years
PRC R1 18 years
NAS, Malaysia All No maximum period of employment.


Note: All workers can only work up to 60 years of age.

Quota and levy

The number of Work Permit holders that you can hire is limited by a quota (or dependency ratio ceiling) and subject to a levy. The levy rates are tiered so that those who hire close to the maximum quota will pay a higher levy.

The quota and levy rate for the services sector are as follows:

Quota R2 – monthly R2 – daily R1 – monthly R1 – daily
Basic Tier / Tier 1:
Up to 10% of the total workforce
$450 $14.80 $300 $9.87
Tier 2:
Above 10% to 25% of the total workforce
$600 $19.73 $400 $13.16
Tier 3:
Above 25% to 40% of the total workforce
$800 $26.31 $600 $19.73