Understanding the Compass Assessment: Points Allocation and Implications for Companies in Singapore

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced the launch of a new assessment framework, COMPASS, as part of the Singapore government’s continued efforts to improve the employment landscape and encourage fair hiring practices. COMPASS, which will go into effect on September 1, 2023, is a tool for assessing the effectiveness of HR management and practices in companies with the goal of encouraging employers to have inclusive and progressive hiring procedures. In this post, we’ll go into the specifics of the COMPASS evaluation and explain how points are awarded.

Overview of the Compass Assessment:

The Compass Assessment is a thorough evaluation methodology which assesses organizations according to a number of important factors, all the while increasing workforce diversity and creating a solid local core. Businesses benefit from better clarity and certainty for their manpower planning thanks to this transparent method.

Points Allocation Criteria:

COMPASS evaluates EP applications based on a holistic set of individual and Sponsoring Company-related attributes. Each application is scored on four foundational criteria. Applications earn points if they meet or exceed expectations. Let’s explore the key criteria and the corresponding points allocation.

40 points are required to pass COMPASS, to be qualified for an Employment Pass application.

Implications for Singapore Employers:

Employers in Singapore can evaluate their HR procedures and pinpoint areas for improvement with the help of the COMPASS Assessment. Employer branding can be improved by organizations demonstrating their dedication to progressive and inclusive employment policies.

A higher COMPASS score demonstrates an organization’s commitment to fair and ethical hiring processes as well as its capacity to attract and retain talents from a variety of backgrounds. It gives the company a competitive edge by demonstrating that it values its employees and promotes a welcoming workplace.


The Compass Assessment introduced by the Ministry of Manpower is a significant step towards promoting progressive and inclusive employment practices in Singapore.

Come talk to Kairos HR Solutionist for a non-obligation discussion on how best to plan your manpower for the future, while keeping an eye for the new COMPASS assessment!