Ministry of Manpower (Singapore)

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Ministry of Manpower
Ministry of Manpower (Singapore) (logo).png
Logo of the MOM
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
Headquarters 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764
Employees 1760[1]
Annual budget Increase$1 billion SGD(2010)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Aubeck Kam, Permanent Secretary
  • Augustin Lee, Deputy Secretary
  • Ping Soon Kok, Deputy Secretary (Development)
Child agencies

The Ministry of Manpower (Abbreviation: MOM; Malay: Kementerian Tenaga Manusia; Chinese: 新加坡人力部) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore which is responsible for the formulation and implementation of labour policies related to the workforce in Singapore. The ministry oversees matters related to immigration, issue of Employment Pass (EP) to foreign talents,[3] student pass, passport, visa, grant of residency/citizenship etc. The Ministry was known as Ministry of Labour until 1998.


To develop a productive workforce and progressive workplaces, for Singaporeans to have better jobs and a secure retirement.[4]


Ministry of Manpower's vision of "A Great Workforce. A Great Workplace" serves to reflect the shared aspirations of MOMers for their ministry as an organisation. It also represents the aspiration of MOM to achieve "A Great Workforce and

"A Great Workforce. A Great Workplace" are presented as a pairing, because MOM sees the workplace as the container for human capital. Human capital realises its potential and creates value not in a vacuum but most often in organisational settings. The setting plays a critical part in determining whether individual talent is developed and potential realised, or remains latent and untapped.

MOM claims its vision embodies the aspirations of lifelong learning and the need for Singaporeans to adapt, learn and re-learn skills, attitudes and competencies for lifelong competitiveness and employability, in order to cope effectively with the demands of the changing economic environment; it also emphasizes the empowerment of people to create their own desired future. This involves capacity development, both individually through adult training and development, and collectively in teams, organisations and nationally.

Statutory Boards[edit]

Ministry of Manpower building at Havelock Road, Singapore.

The MOM oversees 14 divisions and 3 statutory boards.[5] These are:

  • Corporate Communications Department
  • Corporate Planning Department
  • Customer Responsiveness Department
  • Foreign Manpower Management Division
  • Income Security Policy Division
  • International Manpower Division
  • Labour Relations and Workplaces Division
  • Legal Services Department
  • Manpower Planning and Policy Division
  • Manpower Research and Statistics Department
  • Occupational Safety and Health Division
  • National Human Resources Division
  • Work Pass Division
  • Workplace Policy and Strategy Division
  • Central Provident Fund Board
  • Singapore Workforce Development Agency
  • Singapore Labour Foundation

Minister for Manpower[edit]

Years in Office Minister
1963 – 1968 Jek Yeun Thong
1968 - 1971 S Rajaratnam
1971 - 1981 Ong Pang Boon
1981 - 1983 Ong Teng Cheong
1983 E W Barker
1983 - 1985 S Jayakumar
1985 - 1991 Lee Yock Suan
1992 - 2003 Lee Boon Yang
2003 - 2008 Ng Eng Hen
2008 - 2011 Gan Kim Yong
2011 - 2012 Tharman Shanmugaratnam
2012 - 2015 Tan Chuan-Jin
2015 - Lim Swee Say

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Head O: Ministry of Manpower" (PDF). Budget 2010: Revenue and Expenditure Estimates. Ministry of Finance. February 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Singapore reshuffles Cabinet". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "On Work Pass(EP) and Singapore Visa". 3ecpa. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Ministry of Manpower Vision, Mission and Values
  5. ^ Ministry of Manpower Divisions and Statutory Boards

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