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Employer's guide to Singapore's Shortage Occupation List (SOL): Relevant roles & job requirements

Employer's guide to Singapore's Shortage Occupation List (SOL): Relevant roles & job requirements

This recently released guide will help applicants to utilise the SOL bonus points to pass COMPASS, and/or qualify for the longer five-year duration EP for tech professionals.

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released its Shortage Occupation List (SOL) Employer Guide to help applicants comply with the job duties requirement per the declared shortage occupation.

This, the Ministry said, will help applicants to utilise the SOL bonus points to pass COMPASS, and/or qualify for the longer five-year duration EP for tech professionals.

How to use this guide:

  1. The candidate must be performing the key job duties listed for the specific shortage occupation. If not, the candidate’s role is not covered under the shortage occupation.
  2. Applicants should select one of the eligible job titles in the EP application form. This must be the same as the occupation for the job advertisement in MyCareersFuture (MCF), unless employers are exempted from the FCF (Fair Consideration Framework) job advertising requirement.
  3. The application must meet the additional requirements specific to the shortage occupation. This can include:
    1. Relevant qualifications, to be uploaded under the qualifications section of the EP application form,
    2. Work experience in relevant job titles, to be selected under the work experience section in the EP application form, or
    3. Registration proof, to be uploaded in the agency support question in the EP application form.
  4. If employers have any questions pertaining to the additional requirements for each shortage occupation, they may contact the supporting sector agency listed in this guide.

 With this, some of the shortage occupations, listed by sector, are as follow.

Agritech 

Alternative protein food application scientist

Eligible job title: Alternative protein food application scientist

Key job duties include:

  • Conduct new product development to innovate new food products in the alternative protein space by leveraging processes such as fermentation, extrusion etc.
  • Other work related to:
    • Functionalities and use of various raw materials like plant-based protein, flavours, fats and lipids for use in alternative food applications, etc.
    • Recipe formulation to optimise taste and texture of product.
    • Consumer acceptance and sensory evaluation studies.
  • Food processing technologies

Additional requirements:

Applicants should meet both criterion (1) and (2):

(1) Be from a firm involved in the agritech space. MOM verifies this directly with the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG), so no additional documentation is required. New entrants to the agritech space can reach out to EDB/EnterpriseSG.

(2) Either (2a) or (2b):

(2a) At least a Bachelor’s degree in any of these faculties:

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Biomolecular engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Food engineering
  • Food science 
  • Nutrition

OR

At least a diploma in any of these faculties:

  • Culinary arts
  • Culinary sciences

(2b) Minimum total three years’ work experience in any of these job titles:

  • Alternative protein food application scientist
  • Chef
  • Food and drink technologist
  • Food processing engineer
  • Food processing technician
  • Food production technician
  • Food science technician
  • Research and development chef

Supporting sector agency: EDB

Financial services

Financial/investment advisor (ultrahigh/high net worth, family office & philanthropy)

Eligible job titles: Investment advisor (ultra-high/high net worth / family office / philanthropy)

Key job duties include: 

  • Serving as strategic advisor on client’s overall investment portfolio to drive holistic portfolio construction and asset allocation activities to provide tailored investment proposals, portfolio analysis, review and aftersales services to ultra-high/high net worth or family office clients and relationship managers, including in emerging areas such as philanthropy.
  • Understanding and assessing client’s overall risk appetite, investment objectives and client suitability.
  • Educating sales force on product solutions.

Additional requirements:

Applicants should meet both criterion (1) and (2):

(1) Employer is a Singapore licensed financial institution (FI) with a private banking business. MOM verifies this directly with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), so no additional documentation is required. FIs can reach out to MAS for clarifications.

(2) Minimum total three years’ work experience in any of these job titles:

  • Investment advisor (ultra-high/ high net worth/ family office/ philanthropy).

Supporting sector agency: MAS

Green economy

Carbon project/programme manager

Eligible job titles: Carbon programme manager, Carbon project originator, Carbon project manager

Key job duties include: 

  • Combine technical and project management skills to develop carbon projects, ensure that they are successfully registered, and can issue carbon credits under the requirements of relevant crediting mechanisms.
  • Other work related to:
    • International regulations for carbon markets (e.g. Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement).
    • Application of carbon offset project standards and frameworks. 
    • Technology-based and nature-based solutions for carbon credit.
    • Project development in the Asian/Southeast Asian context.

Additional requirements:

Applicants should meet both criteria (1) and (2):

(1) Be from a firm involved in the carbon services space. MOM verifies this directly with EDB and EnterpriseSG, so no additional documentation is required. New entrants to the carbon services space can reach out to EDB/EnterpriseSG.

(2) Either (2a) or (2b):

(2a) At least a Bachelor’s degree in any of these faculties:

  • Earth sciences
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental policy 
  • Sustainability management 
  • Sustainability policy

(2b) Minimum total three years’ work experience in at least one of these job titles:

  • Carbon auditor
  • Carbon programme manager
  • Carbon project manager
  • Carbon project originator
  • Carbon rating analyst
  • Carbon standards & methodology developer
  • Carbon verification & audit specialist 
  • Chief sustainability officer
  • Conservation officer
  • Conservation scientist
  • Energy and sustainability manager
  • Environmental auditor
  • Environmental compliance officer
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental management consultant
  • Environmental officer (environmental protection)
  • Environmental programme coordinator
  • Natural resource analyst
  • Sustainability officer
  • Sustainability specialist

Supporting sector agency: EDB

Healthcare

Clinical psychologist

Eligible job titles: Clinical psychologist

Key job duties include: 

  • Assess mental health and social needs, formulate care and deliver a range of psychological therapies including cognitive behavioural Therapy across the age range and across hospital and community settings.
  • More details on the job duties can be found on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Care to Go Beyond website.

Additional requirements:

Applicants should have at least a Master’s degree in clinical psychology.

MOH will assess all applications and may contact employers for more information.

Supporting sector agency: MOH

Infocomm technology

Data scientist

Eligible job titles: Chief data scientist, data engineer, data scientist, head of data analytics

Key job duties include: 

  • Develop and implement techniques and analytics applications to transform raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and visualisation software.
  • Apply data mining, data modelling, natural language processing, and machine learning to extract and analyse information from large structured and unstructured datasets.
  • Visualise, interpret, and report data findings and may create dynamic data reports as well.

Additional requirements:

Applicants should have either (1a) or (1b):

(1a) At least a Bachelor’s degree in any of these faculties:

  • Computer science
  • Information technology
  • Programming & systems analysis
  • Science (computer studies)

(1b) Minimum total three years’ work experience in at least one of these job titles:

  • Chief data scientist
  • Data engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Head of data analytics

Supporting sector agency: Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Maritime

Marine superintendent

Eligible job titles: Marine superintendent (deck), marine superintendent

Key job duties include: 

  • Direct or arrange on-shore services such as supply of ships' stores and equipment, ship inspections and overhauls, crew replacements and navigational information for shipping company vessels arriving in port.
  • Order ship's stores, deck and navigation equipment and fuel, for delivery according to ship master's requirements and arranges for inspections, tests and overhauls as required by regulations or company practices.

Additional requirements:

Applicants should have at least a Level 1 Certificate of Competency from Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority (MPA) or any of these 69 maritime administrations, which should be declared as a post-secondary diploma in the EP application form.

Supporting sector agency: MPA


For the full list of shortage occupations, refer to the SOL Employer Guide.


With the COMPASS framework now in place, catch up on all our COMPASS updates for an #ICYMI:

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