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ASMI is collaborating with the Ministry of Manpower on the Marine Manpower Connect Scheme, a six-month job matching programme for the marine and offshore industry. Click here to find out more about the scheme. 









1          Background


1.1       The tighter restrictions on the inflow of migrant workers in order to better manage the COVID-19 situation has resulted in manpower shortages in the marine sector. As such, it is crucial to retain as many experienced migrant workers as possible within the marine sector.


1.2       To better support employers in the marine sector who are facing manpower challenges, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has partnered the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) to facilitate the retention of experienced Work Permit Holders (WPHs) whose employment has been terminated by their existing employers.


1.3       Under this scheme, ASMI will facilitate job-matching between these WPHs and the prospective employers, as well as mediate to ensure a transparent and beneficial transfer process for both parties. All employers have a fair opportunity to hire workers through the scheme.


1.4       This scheme will commence on 21 March 2022 and end on 30 June 2022, or as per otherwise announced.

1.5       Companies who are interested to hire worker under this scheme, please submit your interest at ASMI Manpower Retention Scheme Request to Hire Form for Hiring Companies (office.com). 


2          Eligibility to participate in the Retention Scheme – For Hiring Employers


2.1       Companies are registered with the marine SSIC codes (link) and have registered their interest to hire under this scheme by submitting the Request to Hire Form.


2.2       Potential hiring employers must have declaration-in-writing for ongoing projects. They must also have obtained the necessary Prior Approvals (PAs) or work pass quotas for work permit applications.


2.3       Employers who are debarred by the MOM from employing new foreign employees will not be eligible for this scheme.


3          Eligibility to participate in the Retention Scheme – For Work Permit Holders


3.1        Only WPHs in the marine industry whose work permits were cancelled or were not renewed by their employers.


3.2        WPHs who have no outstanding claims (e.g. salary claims, medical claims) against their previous employers.


3.3        WPHs who have worked for their current employers for more than 6 months.


3.4        The following WPHs may not be eligible:


3.4.1     WPHs who have changed employers more than once in the preceding 12 months.


3.4.2     WPHs who have changed employers under the MOM Marine Manpower Connect Scheme and the MOM Non-Consent Scheme.


3.4.3     WPHs who were brought in under the recent programmes coordinated by ASMI.



4          Job Matching Procedures

4.1       Potential hiring employers will be job matched with the marine sector WPHs in Singapore whose work permits were cancelled or were not renewed by their employers per MOM’s list provided to ASMI.


4.2       These WPHs are not allowed to seek direct employment through other employment agents or employers other than through ASMI.


4.3       The job match will be based on the trade requirements of potential hiring employers who have registered their interest to hire with ASMI by submitting the Request to Hire Form, subject to “first-come-first serve” basis.


4.4       Prospective hiring employers will be notified via e-mail or telephone to arrange for an interview with the WPH when a potential match is found.


4.5       In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the COVID-related safe measures introduced by the authorities, interviews with the WPHs can only be conducted via online platforms, the WhatsApp messaging service, or telephone.


4.6       Each WPH will be granted a maximum of 3 interviews. If the WPH does not accept offer from the 3rd interview, he will be repatriated accordingly.


4.6       After interviewing the WPHs, the prospective hiring employers are required to inform ASMI of their decision to hire via email. The WPHs will be matched to the prospective hiring employers on a “first-come-first-serve” basis.


4.7       ASMI reserves the right to job match the WPH to other prospective hiring employers next in line if there is a delay in the confirmation of the hire.


5          Successful Match


5.1       The successful hiring employers shall submit the duly completed Worker Hiring Agreement to ASMI to confirm the hiring.


5.2       There shall also be a written employment agreement, to be signed and witnessed by both the hiring employer and the WPH, stipulating the employment terms, including but not limited to the key employment terms set out in the Second Schedule of the Employment Regulations 2016.


5.3       Once the employment agreement with the WPH is signed, ASMI will invoice the hiring employers for the fee of $650 (please see Section 5 below). The hiring employers are responsible to apply for the work permits themselves or through their shipyards (current work permit application process applies).


5.4       Upon approval of the work permit application, the hiring employers shall arrange to transfer the WPHs to their designated dormitory. ASMI will then invoice the hiring employers for the cost of accommodation and food during the transition period (please see Section 5 below).


5.5       The hiring employers shall also be responsible for the WPH (e.g. providing appropriate accommodation, the purchase of security bond, medical checks, etc) in accordance to Part III and Part IV of the Fourth Schedule of the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations 2012.


5.6       There will be no refund of the payments made.


6          Fees

6.1       Hiring employers shall pay ASMI all costs related to the job matching of the WPHs, including the costs for the provision of accommodation, upkeep, and maintenance (i.e. food and medical treatment), transport of worker, work permit application and issuance during the transition period, regardless of whether the work permit application is subsequently approved or rejected by MOM.


6.2       The administrative fee is $650 per WPH. In addition, hiring employers will also be paying for the number of days of accommodation and food consumed, which amounts to $50 per day. All costs mentioned are before GST.


6.3       Please refer to Annex A below for illustration of the costs.


7          Prevailing MOM’s criteria


7.1       Applications for new work permits are subject to the MOM’s prevailing criteria.


7.2       MOM reserves the right to suspend or revoke the work permit of the WPH at any time during their employment with the hiring employers.



Fig. A Process flow for Hiring Employers






Illustration of Costs


1.              Worker enrolled into the Retention Scheme and checked into ASMI-designated dormitory on 1 April 2022.

2.              Job-matched successfully on 6 April 2022.

3.              New employer picked up worker on 8 April 2022.

Number of days of stay

8 days

1 April to 8 April

Fee to charge new employer

$650 + GST

ASMI will invoice hiring employer on 6 April 2022

$400 + GST

$50 per day, ASMI will invoice hiring employer on 8 April 2022

Total costs to new employer

$1,050 + GST




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