Employment Contract Details
Employment contracts in written are not required but strongly advised, and must comply with local laws and regulations. Employee agreements should register wages, bonus, working hours, termination clause, description of the duties among others.
The minimum probation period is 3 months, and the maximum probation period is 6 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
There is no minimum wage requirementExcept for some specific such as, cleaning, security and landscape.
Maximum working hours and overtime
Standard is a 5 day workweek with 9 working hours per day and 44 hours per week. The maximum working hours are:
- 9 hours a day for a 5-day workweek
- 8 hours a day for a 6-day workweek
Bonus and expense payments
In Singapore is possible to grant an Annual Wage Supplement (AWS), but not compulsory. The AWS is commonly known as the 13th month payment, is a single annual payment on top of an employee’s total annual wage. This bonus is usually paid in December.
- Maternity Leave: employees are entitled to paid maternity leave of 16 weeks provided they are employed for more than 3 months prior childbirth and the child is a Singaporean citizen. During this period, employers cannot terminate employment. The first 8 weeks are borne by the employer and the remaining 8 weeks can be reimbursed by the government.
- Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 2 weeks' paid leave. To meet the requirements of Government-paid Paternity Leave (GPPL), the child must be a Singapore citizen, the employee has or was legally married to the partner between the conception and childbirth and the employee was employed for more than 3 months prior to childbirth.
The number of days of paid sick leave a new employee is entitled to depends on the length of the labor relationship. It ranges from 5 to 14 days for 3 to 6 months of employment. Sick leave is paid by the employer, however the insurance will cover the medical costs.