Paid Time Off (PTO)
PTO is calculated by the:
- Employees are entitled to a minimum of 7 days of annual leave after working in a company for three consecutive months.
- Afterward one additional day is added per each year until reaching 14 days at the 8th year.
- However, it is common that the employee receives 14 to 20 days of annual leave.
There are 11 public holidays. If a public holiday falls on a non-working day, the employee should either receive a day’s salary in lieu of the holiday or an extra day off. If the holiday falls on a rest day, the upcoming workday will be a paid public holiday.
The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:
- 0-3 Months: 5 non-hospitalized/15 hospitalized days
- 4th Month: 8 non-hospitalized/30 hospitalized days
- 5th Month: 11 non-hospitalized/45 hospitalized days
- After 6 Months: 14 days non-hospitalized/60 hospitalized days
The employee must inform their employer within 48 hours of inability to work and must provide a medical certificate upon return.
Paid maternity leave of 16 weeks is provided to female employees employed for more than 3 months prior to giving birth and the child is a Singaporean citizen. During this period, employers are prohibited from terminating the employment.
For the first and second child, the first 8 weeks are paid by the employer and additional 8 weeks can be reimbursed by the government.
For the birth of the third child and more, all 16 weeks of maternity leave can be reimbursed by the government.
If the child is not a Singapore citizen, maternity leave is 12 weeks
Paternity leave in Singapore is 2 weeks. To meet the requirements of Government-paid Paternity Leave (GPPL), the child must be a Singapore citizen and the father has or was legally married to the mother between the conception and birth of the child.
In the case the child is adopted, the father is also eligible for paternity leave if the child is a Singapore citizen.