The Foreign Worker Levy (FWL), commonly known as “levy”, is a pricing mechanism to regulate the number of foreign workers in Singapore. As an employer, you do not have to pay Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions for your foreign workers. However, you must pay a monthly levy for Work Permit and S Pass holders via General Interbank Recurring Order (GIRO).
The levy you pay generally depends on two factors:
The worker’s qualifications.
The number of Work Permit or S Pass holders hired.
You must pay the levy via General Interbank Recurring Order ().
If you don’t have a GIRO account, apply for one using the GIRO application form. We will notify you of the outcome and start date of your GIRO deduction by post within one month.
You can check the status using Check and pay levy, two weeks after submitting the application.
After GIRO is approved
The levy for each month will be deducted from your bank account on the 17th of the following month (or the next working day if it falls on a weekend or public holiday).You should maintain enough funds in your account before the deduction date. If the GIRO deduction is unsuccessful, your bank may charge you a failed transaction fee.