Changing job this year? Come in have a look then!

Are you thinking of firing your boss soon? If you are, these are some tiny aspects you might need to know if you’re thinking of changing a job this year.

Singapore Tourist Visa

It depends on the type of your employment pass. If you are looking for a job that requires a SP then you can just apply directly in Singapore.

For example, your Singapore tourist visa expires by the 20th of March, that means you will have to leave the country before that day if you don’t have a new employment pass.

If your employment pass type is a WP, you definitely have to leave Singapore before re-applying.

What if your visa expires and has been cancelled? It applies as above, but if your SP got misplaced, say 10th of the month. It means you can stay for exactly one month and look for a job. If it’s a SP pass job type that means you don’t have to leave the country. But you will have to exit if you are a WP holder.

But hey, if your WP got lost, you can still stay for a week and try to get a replacement. It will be better if you can get a SP. But if it’s a WP, you will have to face the fate of leaving the country.

What if you are thinking of changing a job? This situation will be a sticky one as you can’t immediately leave your current job just like that as you need to give a one month’s notice. A new employer can’t possibly wait one month for you then apply for an employment pass for you.

The norm now is two weeks’ notice to one month’s notice.

But how will the remainder of your Annual Leave be sorted out? You will need to discuss with your company. For example: clear all of the leave and the company pays your last salary. Or when work till the last day of your notice period and cash in on any leave dates you gave. The latter option is more unlikely.

How about your salary, OT payment? How is it calculated? By right, it should be at the rate of 1.5 of a normal working day. There is actually a formula to calculate this, especially for those who really want to count every dollar and cent with their company.

It is the total of weekly gross pay divide by total number of weekly working hours x 1.5. It can actually go up to double rate if you were asked to work on your rest days. But if it’s at your own request, the rate will be at 1.0.

Work it out on your own. It is simple maths. If you earn $8 per hour, it’s $12 per hour at the rate of 1.5, and $16 at double rate.

Scared that your company will ‘eat’ your money? Don’t worry. As of 1 April, 2016, all Singapore employers are required to pass up a salary statement (in paper or electronic form) to their employees. Inside that statement, the working hours and pay rate must be stated clearly.

P/S: if you didn’t receive a salary statement, just go MOM and complain! Or comment below!

Under the Employment Act, you are protected if you earn less than $4500 monthly. But you are not covered if you are employed as a manager or executive with a monthly basic salary of more than $4500.

That ruling also applies if you are a seafarer, domestic worker or a Statutory board employee or civil servant.

Remember the number 44. That’s the max of normal work hours a company can ask you to work in a month. 8 days per weekday and 4 on Saturday. Employees can enjoy 7 days in their first year of employment and 14 in their second year.

Probation period will be three months, six in rare cases. As for 13th month bonus, it hugely depends on the financial status of your company. But most will usually give this to their employees at the end of the year.

Sadly, in retrenchment cases, a company is obliged to pay employees – with less than 3 years employment – a week’s salary for every year of service they have. For employees employed more than 3 years, it will be a month’s salary for every year of service. But then, that largely depends on the financial status of the company too!

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