Annual Leave and Public Holidays in Singapore

Annual leave

Employees are entitled to paid annual leave after working with their employer for at least three months.

Years of service

Annual leave (days)















8 and above


Sick leave

The employee is entitled to paid sick leave if:

  • The employee is covered under the Employment Act;
  • The employee has served the employer for at least 3 months; and
  • The employee has tried to inform the employer within 48 hours of their absence.

The number of days of paid sick leave and paid hospitalization leave depends on how long the employee has worked in the company.

Paid Sick Leave and Paid Hospitalization Leave in Singapore

Number of months of completed service

Paid sick leave (days)

Paid hospitalization leave (days)

3 months



4 months



5 months



6 months and above



Medical certificates (MC) issued by doctors and dentists registered under the Medical Registration Act, 1997 and the Dental Registration Act, 1999 are now recognized by employers. This provides employees with the convenience to visit doctors closer to home. However, this policy does not impact the reimbursement of medical consultation fees. Employers are only required to reimburse fees from government doctors or company-approved doctors.

Maternity leave

Only Singaporean residents are entitled to paid maternity leave. The length is usually 12 weeks but if the child is a Singaporean citizen, then 16 weeks of maternity is provided.

There are other conditions that must be fulfilled to receive maternity leave:

  • The mother must be legally married to the father;
  • Employment must have begun at least three months before the birth of the child; and
  • The first eight weeks of maternity leave are paid by the employer, and the next eight weeks by the government.

The first eight weeks of maternity leave for the first and second child are paid by the employer at the gross rate of pay. The next eight weeks can be reimbursed by the government, with total reimbursement capped at S$20,000 (US$14,870).

For the third child, all 16 weeks of maternity leave can be reimbursed by the government, capped at a total of S$40,000 (US$29,739).

Paternity leave

Eligible working fathers, including those who are self-employed, are entitled to 2 weeks of paid paternity leave funded by the Government.


As a working father, employees are entitled to Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) for all births if they meet the following requirements:

  • Your child is a Singapore citizen.
  • You are or had been lawfully married to the child’s mother between conception and birth.
  • The employee has served the employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months before the birth of your child.
  • Self-employed individuals who have been engaged in work for a continuous period of at least 3 months before the birth of your child, and have lost income during the paternity leave period are also entitled to GPPL.

Public holidays

Employees under the EA are entitled to 11 paid public holidays per year. If an employee must work on a public holiday, they can receive an extra day’s salary or be granted a day off in lieu.

If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following day is usually declared a public holiday, unless the Monday itself is already a public holiday. If a public holiday falls on a Saturday, the government will declare a school holiday the following Monday.

Did You Know
The President of Singapore can declare any day to be a public holiday, although every major race and religion usually receives two public holidays each.

Employees who have to work on a public holiday will be entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay, in addition to their gross rate of pay for that day. Alternatively, employers, with the employee’s consent, can substitute the employee’s day off with another working day.

Employers also have the option of granting time-off-in-lieu, based on a mutually agreed number of hours, for working on a public holiday for the following group of employees:

  • Workmen earning more than $4,500 a month (US$3,366);
  • Non-workmen earning more than $2,600 (US$1,933) a month; and
  • All managers and executives.

Singapore’s public holiday schedule for 2024

The Ministry of Manpower’s (MoM) dates for the 2024 public holidays are:

Singapore public holiday 2024




1 Jan 2024


New Year’s Day

10 Feb 2024


Chinese New Year

11 Feb 2024*


Chinese New Year

29 Mar 2024


Good Friday

10 Apr 2024


Hari Raya Puasa

1 May 2024


Labour Day

22 May 2024


Vesak Day

17 Jun 2024


Hari Raya Haji

9 Aug 2024


National Day

31 Oct 2024



25 Dec 2024


Christmas Day

* Monday, 12 Feb 2024, will be a public holiday.


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