Asked on 25 Oct 2018
He is trying to get his PR in Singapore, but has failed a couple of times. (He is a Vietnamese) He usually needs to OT because his manager and 2 other colleagues all quit and were not replaced
I was a foreigner on an S Pass previously too (now a PR). Working overtime without overtime pay is unfortunately very normal and unless the work contract states that extra pay will be given outside working hours, there's not much you can do.
How long has your friend been in Singapore? Length of stay before applying for PR, current salary, as well as achievements in related field count towards getting the PR approved.
Accounting firms are notorious for OT and unless he's an untrained bookkeeper or the like, he would be considered an executive and exempt from OT.
The only difference S Pass makes is the difficulty in switching jobs but really, if he knows there's no progression and most have left, it's up to him to take ownership of his own career and renegotiate or move on.
Accounting firms generally require employees to work long hours. That's a fact of life especially for fresh grads. It is a learning period so try to learn as much as he can whilst servicing his clients. However, he should look for another job if he thinks that he is being exploited and singled out.
As for PR, it is pretty tough to get it nowadays. So maybe look elsewhere.
Best of Luck
The govt will usually look at a few factors when granting PR: wealth, employment, and marriage status. It is a lot easier if married to a Singaporean/PR.
Also if there were many viets who took up PR and went on to abuse it, they may grant lesser PR statuses to viets in general.
If possible, look at a new job, but accounting firms are usually strife with OTs.