This page contains answers to commonly asked questions about the foreign worker dormitories inSingapore.


What is the definition of a foreign worker?

A foreign worker is a person who works in a country other than the one of which he or she is a citizen‘ (Wikipedia 2011)


What types of foreign worker dormitory in Singapore?

Foreign worker dormitory means buildings used for the lodging of foreign workers. The following lists of worker dormitory’s types (MOM 2011 (1)) are provided to meet the different demand in the market of Singapore.

l         Commercially run dormitories

l         Converted industrial/warehouse premises

l         Quarters on construction sites

l         Temporary workers quarters on Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) sites

l         Housing Development Board flats

l         Farms/costal farms/fish export centers

l         Vessels/harbourcraft for those Work Permit holders under Harbour Craft Special Scheme (HSS)


How many foreign workers in Singapore?

It was estimated there were ‘1.19 million foreign workers in 2008, 1.25 million in 2009 and 1.3 million in 2010 (Statistics Singapore 2011).


How many foreign worker dormitories in Singapore?

There are total 40 dormitories (MOM 2012) which are approved by MOM (record as of 18, June 2012), 4 in the Central Singapore, 5 in the Northeast, 9 in the Northwest, 3 in the Southeast,  and 19 in the Southwest of Singapore.  Please go to visit http://foreignworkerdormitory.com/worker-dormitories to have more detailed information. Few dormitory projects are coming up to meet the emerging market demand.


What are top three reasons that Singapore employers hire more foreign workers?

  1. Jobs that Singaporecitizens refuse to do
  2. Business expansion rapidly
  3. Lower salaries


What are top four sectors that most of foreign workers working in Singapore?

  1. Construction
  2. Industrial manufacturing and engineering
  3. Shipping and logistics
  4. Service


Where do the most of foreign workers come from in Singapore?

‘Malaysia is the traditional source of workers. Other foreign workers are main from India, Philippines, the People’s Republic of China, and Thailand.’ (MOM 2011 (2))


MOM 2011 (1), List of Approved Housing, [online]. Available at URL: http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/passes-visas/work-permit-fw/before-you-apply/Pages/list-of-approved-housing.aspx [Accessed 31 Oct 2011].

MOM 2011 (2), Work Permit-Before You Apply, [online]. Available at URL: http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/passes-visas/work-permit-fw/before-you-apply/Pages/overview.aspx [Accessed 31 Oct 2011].

MOM 2012, Commercial Dormitory, [online]. Available at URL: http://www.mom.gov.sg/Documents/services-forms/passes/Commercial%20Dormitory.pdf [Accessed 12 July 2012].

Statistic Singapore 2011, Latest Statistical News, [online]. Available at URL: http://www.singstat.gov.sg/ [Accessed 31 Oct 2011].

Wikipedia 2011, Foreign Worker, [online]. Available at URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_worker [Accessed 31 Oct 2011].




  • wei (5 years)

    we need to look for agent/management company to be fully incharge of looking after the workers located at different dorms/rental flats in the west. Any suggestions on where to get such service providers?

  • umapathy (4 years)

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    How can i get the job in dormitories like Data Controller post. Degree holder B.Tech(IT)-2006 and M.E(CSE)-2013. Worked as an Asst.Professor in Engg Colleges.
    I need ur help so i hope u will guide me in proper way. thank you.

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