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Minimum Age For Working in Singapore

Posted on: 2021-11-18

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In general, legal age to work in Singapore is 17 years and above. Children who are under 13 years old can't be employed in any jobs. Children and young persons aged 13 years to 16 years can work, but there are certain limitation.

  • Industrial Setting: No young person aged 15 to less than 16 years can be employed in an industrial setting except has been certified to be medically fit.
  • Laborer: No child aged 13 to less than 15 years can be employed as a laborer for more than 3 hours without a 30 minute break or more than 6 hours in any one day.
  • On a ship: No child, except a child employed under an approved apprenticeship scheme, can be employed as a laborer on any ship unless the ship is under the personal charge of the parent of the child.
  • Working with electrical equipment: No person can employ any child or young person in any service involving of any live electrical equipment not insulated effectively.
  • Underground work: No child or young person can be employed in any underground work.

Some forms of job are unsuitable for those under 16 years old such as jobs that may cause injury, being near or around live electrical equipment that aren't insulated effectively and any underground jobs. If you are 13 years old or above can engage in light work in a non-industrial setting such as serving drinks and food or cleaning up tables in hawker centers.


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