Working Hours in Singapore Per Week

Posted on: 2021-11-09

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Working hours is the amount of time someone spends at paid labor during the day. Every company has different working hours and it depends on the job position. It could be regular working hours from morning to evening if you are office worker or night shift during the night until in the morning if you work in the security field.

Showing data from the Ministry of Manpower to elaborate about working hours in Singapore. Before we jump into working hours in Singapore, we must know that hours of work are regulated if you are covered under Part IV of the Employment Act, it is Singapore’s main labor law.

The working hours here are the period of time that employees are performing the tasks given by their employers. It doesn’t include rest or lunch break. For break times you can't work more than 6 consecutive hours without a break. But, if the condition of the work requires continuous work for up to 8 hours, breaks must be provided. The breaks should be at least 45 minutes long.

For common work arrangements, contractual hours of work are:

  • If you work 5 days a week or less, your contractual hours of work are up to 9 hours a day or 44 hours a week.
  • If you work more than 5 days a week, your contractual hours of work are up to 8 hours a day or 44 hours a week.
For other work arrangements, contractual hours of work are:

  • If you work less than 44 hours every alternate week, your contractual hours of work are up to 48 hours a week, but capped at 88 hours in any continuous 2 week period.
  • If you work shifts of up to 12 hours a day, your contractual hours of work are up to an average of 44 hours over a continuous 3 week period.

Read: Minimum Age For Working in Singapore

Employees can't work more than 12 hours a day but your employer can ask you to work more than 12 hours a day in conditions such as accidents, work that is crucial to the life of the community, national defense or security, urgent work to be done in machinery or plant, and work that was impossible to predict.

Source: Hours of Worktime

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