Singapore Public Holidays 2023 - How to maximise your long weekends

Whether you're an employer or employee, we will answer all your questions regarding public holidays in this comprehensive guide! Read on to find out more!

When are the Singapore public holidays in 2023?

There are 11 gazetted public holidays in Singapore:

Public Holidays Date Day Notes
New Year’s Day 1 January 2023 Sunday 2 January 2023 (Monday) will be a public holiday
Chinese New Year 22 January 202323 January 2023 Sunday
Monday
24 January 2023 (Tuesday) will be a public holiday
Good Friday 7 April 2023 Friday
Hari Raya Puasa 22 April 2023 Saturday
Labour Day 1 May 2023 Monday
Vesak Day 3 June 2023 Saturday
Hari Raya Haji 29 June 2023 Thursday
National Day 9 August 2023 Wednesday
Deepavali 12 November 2023 Sunday 13 November 2023 (Monday) will be a public holiday
Christmas 25 December 2023 Monday

Tip: You can easily add the public holiday calendar based on countries on Payboy to manage leave seamlessly!

Do employees get off-in-lieu if a public holiday falls on a weekend or rest day in Singapore?

If the company operates on a 5-day work week (Monday - Friday), the employees will be entitled to one day off-in-lieu if the public holiday falls on a rest day (Saturday or Sunday).

Depending on the company policy, the off-in-lieu may be offered immediately after the public holiday or employees have the option to utilise it later.

Tip: Use Payboy’s leave management module to help you manage your off-in-lieu for public holidays!

How many long weekends in Singapore are there in 2023?

Based on the public holidays in 2023, there are 8 long weekends without even applying for any leave day!

No Month Long weekend Dates Days
1 January 2023 New Year’s Day3-day long weekend 31 Dec 2022 - 2 Jan 2023 Sat - Mon
2 January 2023 Chinese New Year
4-day long weekend
21 Jan 2023 - 24 Jan 2023 Sat - Tue
3 April 2023 Good Friday
3-day long weekend
7 Apr 2023 - 9 Apr 2023 Fri - Sun
4 April 2023 Hari Raya Puasa
3-day long weekend*
22 Apr 2023 - 24 Apr 2023 Sat - Mon
5 May 2023 Labour Day3-day long weekend 1 May 2023 - 3 May 2023 Fri - Sun
6 June 2023 Vesak Day
3-day long weekend*
3 Jun 2023 - 5 Jun 2023 Sat - Mon
7 November 2023 Deepavali
3-day long weekend
11 Nov 2023 - 13 Nov 2023 Sat - Mon
8 December 2023 Christmas
3-day long weekend
23 Dec 2023 - 25 Dec 2023 Sat - Mon

*If off-in-lieu for Saturday is taken immediately on the following Monday

When to apply leave days to further maximise long weekends in Singapore?

New Year’s Day 2023: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • New Year’s Day falls on: 1 Jan 2023 (Sunday)
  • Public holiday: 2 Jan 2023 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 3 Jan 2023 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 31 Dec 2022 - 3 Jan 2023 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Chinese New Year 2023: Take 1day of leave for 5-day long weekend

  • Chinese New Year fall on: 22 & 23 Jan 2023 (Sunday & Monday)
  • Public Holidays: 23 & 24 Jan 2023 (Monday & Tuesday) 
  • Apply for annual leave on: 25 Jan 2023 (Wednesday)
  • 5-day long weekend: 21 - 25 Jan 2023 (Saturday - Wednesday)

Good Friday 2023: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Good Friday falls on: 7 Apr 2023 (Friday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 10 Apr 2023 (Monday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 7 - 10 Apr 2023 (Friday - Monday)

Hari Raya Puasa 2023: Take 1day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Hari Raya Puasa fall on: 22 Apr 2023 (Saturday)
  • Public holiday in lieu*: 24 Apr 2023 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 25 Apr 2023 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 22 - 25 Jan 2023 (Saturday - Tuesday)

*If rest day falls on Saturday and public holiday in lieu is taken on Monday

Labour Day 2023: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Labour Day falls on: 1 May 2023 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 2 May 2023 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 29 Apr 2023 - 2 May 2023 (Saturday - Tuesday)


Vesak Day 2023: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Vesak Day fall on: 3 Jun 2023 (Saturday)
  • Public holiday in lieu*: 5 Jun 2023 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 6 Jun 2023 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 3 - 6 Jun 2023 (Saturday - Tuesday)

*If rest day falls on Saturday and public holiday in lieu is taken on Monday

Hari Raya Haji 2023: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Hari Raya Haji falls on: 29 Jun 2023 (Thursday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 30 Jun 2023 (Friday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 29 Jun 2023 - 2 Jul 2023 (Thursday - Sunday)

Deepavali 2023: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Deepavali falls on: 12 Nov 2023 (Sunday)
  • Public holiday: 13 Nov 2023 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 14 Nov 2023 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 11 -14 Nov 2023 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Christmas Day 2023: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Christmas falls on: 25 Dec 2023 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 26 Dec 2023 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 23 - 26 2023 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Keen to find out more about annual leave entitlements in Singapore? Read our Annual Leave Guide in Singapore - What every employer should know!

Do employees get paid for working on public holidays?

Yes! In accordance with the Employment Act, employees who are required to work on a public holiday are 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 and employees can also mutually agree to opt for public holiday in lieu for employees who are covered under Part IV of Employment Act or time-off-in-lieu for the following employees:

  • Workmen earning more than $4,500 a month;
  • Non-workmen earning more than $2,600 a month; and
  • All Managers and Executives

Tip: Use Payboy’s leave management module to help you manage your off-in-lieu for public holiday!

How to calculate public holiday pay?

Pay for working on a public holiday =

(12 x Monthly gross rate of pay x Public holidays falling on a non-work day) / (52 x Average number of work days in a week)

Tip: Use Payboy’s payroll module to ensure accurate calculation of the employee’s pay on public holidays!


Why do some SMEs find leave management challenging?

Small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) often find leave management to be a pain point. Here are 2 key reasons:

  1. SMEs don’t have the same HR resources as larger businesses. As a result, they often have to rely on manual leave processes, which can be both time-consuming and error-prone.
  2. SMEs often have a more limited pool of employees to choose from when someone goes on leave. This can lead to disruptions in workflow and decreased productivity.

Simplify leave management and payroll calculation with Payboy HR & Payroll software!

If leave isn't managed properly, it can have a negative impact on productivity and morale. Therefore a good leave management software is an essential tool for any business that wants to keep on top of its leave entitlements and ensure that its employees are getting the rest they deserve. Here are some benefits of using our leave management module:

  1. Manage leaves digitally

Our leave management software is designed to streamline the leave process, making it easy for employees to apply for leave and check leave balances, as well as for employers to approve and manage leave requests.

Employees can also easily submit supporting documents or medical certificates via the mobile app so that all the documents are stored in a central database. No more missing documents!

  1. Syncs seamlessly with shift scheduling and payroll 

Shift scheduling and payroll calculation can be time-consuming and stressful while managing different leave requests. With Payboy HR software, it automatically updates the employee’s availability in Shift Scheduling when leaves are approved and also calculates public holiday pay in Payroll module when employees work on a public holiday. We've got it covered.

  1. Customise the leave policy that best fits your business needs

We'll start you off with a setup that's compliant to MOM requirements, but we'll be happy to help you update it to a leave policy that works best for your business needs. Check out how to customise settings for each leave type with Payboy!

  1. Transparent, accurate, and simple payroll

Payroll is calculated automatically by our software based on shifts, attendance, leave and submitted claims, within an intuitive experience.

  1. 100% compliant. 100% peace of mind.

Forget about CPF Rates, PR calculations and IR8A submissions. Our software will automatically calculate them for you and keep you compliant with the latest regulations from MOM, CPF and IRAS!

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Find out how you can do it all with Payboy

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