Hire employees in

Singapore, hassle-free

Hire employees in Singapore, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Singapore. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

The average onboarding time frame in Singapore is 1 day with Deel.

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Currency

Singapore Dollar SDG

Capital

Singapore

Official Language

English, Tamil, Malay, and Mandarin Chinese

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

Hire employees in Singapore. No entity needed.

Usually, to hire in Singapore, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.

Singapore also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Singapore quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

All the necessary benefits for Singapore
built right in

Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Singapore within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Pension Fund
  • Public Health Insurance
  • Skill Development Levy (SDL)
  • Private Healthcare - Unisure (optional)

Our quickstart guide to hiring in Singapore

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Minimum Wage Requirements

There is no minimum wage requirement in Singapore.

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 0% to 22%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. Multiple additional factors may impact overall rates such as the household status and the number of children.

Gross Annual Income Tax Rate (%)
Up to SGD - 20,000 0
Up to SGD - 30,000 2
Up to SGD - 40,000 3.5
Up to SGD - 80,000 7
Up to SGD - 120,000 11.5
Up to SGD - 160,00 15
Up to SGD - 200,000 18
Up to SGD - 240,000 19
Up to SGD - 280,000 19.5
Up to SGD - 320,000 20
Over SGD - 320,000 22

Employer Cost

Employer cost is generally 17.25% of employee salary

  • Central Provident Fund - 17%
  • Skill Development Fund - 0.25%

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 9 hours per day, 45 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Monday to Friday.

Overtime payment is not mandatory and is assumed included in employee salary.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees who have worked for 3 consecutive months are entitled to 16 weeks of paid leave. 4 weeks must be taken before the child's birth and 8 weeks after the birth. The remaining 4 weeks can be used as the employee wishes. The employee will receive 100% of their average salary during this period, and the employer will be responsible for the first 8 weeks and Social Security for the second 8 weeks.

Paternity Leave

Employees who have worked for 3 consecutive months are entitled to 2 weeks of paid paternity leave. The 2 weeks must be taken continuously anytime within the 16 weeks of maternity leave. The employee will receive their normal salary capped at $2500 per week and Social Security will be responsible for this pay.

Parental Leave

In Singapore, no law covers parental leave. However, fathers are entitled to share 4 weeks of the mother's 16 weeks of maternity leave. The employee will receive their normal salary capped at $2500 per week.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 14 days provided they have worked for at least 3 months. The number of sick days varies depending on the length of service. Employees will receive 100% of their salary while on sick leave paid by the employer.

Employees are also entitled to paid hospitalization leave for up to 60 days provided they have worked for at least 3 months. The number of sick days varies depending on the length of service. Employees will receive 100% of their salary while on sick leave paid by the employer.

Months of Service Paid Outpatient Sick Leave (days) Paid Hospitalisation Leave
3 5 15
4 5 30
5 11 45
6 or more 14 60

Termination Requirements

Terminations in Singapore can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Singapore for employers and termination must be done for just cause.

Compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement
  • By the expiration of the contract
  • Unilaterally by the employer based on:
    • probation period
    • objective grounds
    • disciplinary dismissal
    • performance due to unsuitability for the job

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 1 day and will be increased according to the length of the employment.

  • 1 day if the length of service is less than 26 weeks
  • 1 week if the length of service is between 26 weeks and 2 years
  • 2 weeks if the length of service is between 2 years and 5 years
  • 4 weeks if services if longer than 5 years

Severance for Employees

In Singapore, there is no obligation to pay severance.

Paid Time Off

Full-time employees are entitled to 7 days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly 0.58 days per month. Employees are eligible for annual leave after 3 months of work. Employees are entitled to one additional day for each year of service until reaching 14 days.

Public Holidays

Singapore celebrates 10 national holidays which last 11 days in total. National public holidays include:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Chinese New Year (2 days)
  3. Good Friday
  4. Labour Day
  5. Hari Raya Puasa
  6. Vesak Day
  7. Hari Raya Haji
  8. National Day
  9. Deepavali
  10. Christmas Day

Onboarding

1 business day after MSA signature & deposit payment

Employment Contract Details

Contracts must be in English and can be bilingual. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.

A contract must include:

  • Name
  • Start date
  • Length of the employment
  • Job description
  • Termination conditions

Probation Period

Probation periods are not mandatory. The minimum probation period is 3 months and the maximum probation period is 6 months.
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With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Singapore. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing
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Management fee

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17.25%

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