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Singapore Public Holidays 2024 - How to maximise your long weekends

Whether you're an employer or an employee, understanding the public holiday landscape is crucial for planning and maximising your time off. 

In this blog, we'll provide you with all the essential information, insights, and answers to frequently asked questions about public holidays in Singapore. Get ready to dive in and find out how to make the most of your well-deserved breaks!

When are the Singapore public holidays in 2024?

There are 11 gazetted public holidays in Singapore:

Public Holidays Dates Days
New Year’s Day 1 January 2024 Monday
Chinese New Year 10 February 202411 February 2024* SaturdaySunday
Good Friday 29 March 2024 Friday
Hari Raya Puasa 10 April 2024 Wednesday
Labour Day 1 May 2024 Wednesday
Vesak Day 22 May 2024 Wednesday
Hari Raya Haji 17 June 2024 Monday
National Day 9 August 2024 Friday
Deepavali 31 October 2024 Thursday
Christmas Day 25 December 2024 Wednesday

*12 February 2024 (Monday) will be a public holiday.

Tip: You can easily add the public holiday calendar based on countries on Payboy to manage leaves 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 leaves management module to help you manage your off-in-lieu for public holidays!

How many long holiday weekends are there in Singapore in 2024?

Based on the public holidays in 2024, there are 5 long weekends without even applying for any leave!

No. Public Holidays Long Weekend Dates Days
1 New Year’s Day 30 Dec 2023 - 1 Jan 2024 Sat - Mon
2 Chinese New Year* 10 Feb 2024 - 13 Feb 2024 Sat - Tue
3 Good Friday 29 Mar 2024 - 31 Mar 2024 Fri - Sun
4 Hari Raya Haji 15 Jun 2024 - 17 Jun 2024 Sat - Mon
5 National Day 9 Aug 2024 - 11 Aug 2024 Fri - Sun

*If off-in-lieu for Saturday (10 Feb 2024) is offered on the following Tuesday (13 Feb 2024) after the public holiday.

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

New Year’s Day 2024: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • New Year’s Day falls on: 1 Jan 2024 (Monday)
  • Public holiday: 1 Jan 2024 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 29 Dec 2023 (Friday) or 2 Jan 2024 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 29 Dec 2023 - 1 Jan 2024 (Friday - Monday) or 30 Dec 2023 - 2 Jan 2024 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Chinese New Year 2024: Take 1 day of leave for 5-day long weekend

  • Chinese New Year falls on: 10 & 11 Feb 2024 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Public holidays: 10 & 11 Feb 2024 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Public holidays in lieu: 12 & 13 Feb 2024 (Monday & Tuesday)*
  • Apply for annual leave on: 9 Feb 2024 (Friday) or 14 Feb 2024 (Wednesday)
  • 5-day long weekend: 9 - 13 Feb 2024 (Friday - Tuesday) or 10 - 14 Feb 2024 (Saturday - Wednesday)

*If off-in-lieu for Saturday (10 Feb 2024) is offered by the company on the following Tuesday (13 Feb 2024) after the public holiday.

Good Friday 2024: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Good Friday falls on: 29 Mar 2024 (Friday)
  • Public holiday: 29 Mar 2024 (Friday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 28 Mar 2024 (Thursday) or 1 Apr 2024 (Monday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 28 - 31 Mar 2024 (Thursday - Sunday) or 29 Mar - 1 Apr 2024 (Friday - Monday)

Hari Raya Haji 2024: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Hari Raya Haji falls on: 17 Jun 2024 (Monday)
  • Public holiday: 17 Jun 2024 (Monday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 14 Jun 2024 (Friday) or 18 Jun 2024 (Tuesday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 14 - 17 Jun 2024 (Friday - Monday) or 15 - 18 Jun 2024 (Saturday - Tuesday)

National Day 2024: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • National Day falls on: 9 Aug 2024 (Friday)
  • Public holiday: 9 Aug 2024 (Friday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 8 Aug 2024 (Thursday) or 12 Aug 2024 (Monday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 8 - 11 Aug 2024 (Thursday - Sunday) or 9 - 12 Aug 2024 (Friday - Monday)

Deepavali 2024: Take 1 day of leave for 4-day long weekend

  • Deepavali falls on: 31 Oct 2024 (Thursday)
  • Public holiday: 31 Oct 2024 (Thursday)
  • Apply for annual leave on: 1 Nov 2024 (Friday)
  • 4-day long weekend: 31 Oct - 3 Nov 2024 (Thursday - Sunday)

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

Do employees get paid for working on public holidays?

Yes, in cases where employees are required to work on public holidays, the employer should either pay for an additional day or provide time off-in-lieu, as per mutual agreement.

Pay for working on a public holiday =

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

For example:

Employee A's monthly gross rate of pay is S$3,000, and the number of work days in a week is 5. There are 11 public holidays in a year, and Employee A worked on 2 public holidays in April.

Using the above formula, the calculation for Employee A's pay for working on public holidays would be:

(12 x S$3,000 x 2) / (52 x 5) = S$276.92

In this scenario, Employee A would receive an additional S$276.92 for working on the two public holidays.

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

Simplify employee leave tracking, such as public holiday off-in-lieu with Payboy’s leave management module!

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often find leave management to be a pain point, and we can understand why:

  • SMEs don’t have as many 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.
  • SMEs often have a smaller pool of employees to choose from when someone goes on leave. This can lead to disruptions in workflow and decreased productivity.

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

Here are some benefits of using our leave management module:

Manage leaves digitally

Our leave management module is designed to streamline the leave management 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 certificates via the mobile app, so that all the documents are stored in a central database. No more missing documents!

Sync seamlessly with Shift Scheduling and Payroll Processing modules

Shift scheduling and payroll calculation can be time-consuming and stressful while managing different leave types and requests. With Payboy HR software, when leaves are approved, the employee’s availability will be automatically updated in the Shift Scheduling module, and any encashed or unpaid leave will be calculated in the Payroll Processing module. 

Customise the leave policy that best fits your business needs

We'll provide you with a MOM-compliant setup to start with, but we are also ready to assist you in customising your leave policy to fit your business requirements. Check out how to customise settings for each leave type with Payboy, including off-in-lieu for public holidays!

Here’s a useful guide on how to create off-in-lieu for public holidays with Payboy!

Our Payboy Support Centre also helps to address most of the FAQs regarding other statutory leave entitlements asked by our customers:

Streamline your HR processes with Payboy today!

As a PSG-approved HRMS, Payboy provides a robust system to help you manage your HR tasks so that you can focus on your business and people!

With our wide range of modules, you can customise a solution to meet the specific needs of your business:

Payroll Processing | Leave Management | Claims Management | Applicant Tracking

Time Attendance | Shift Scheduling | Appraisal System | Inventory ManagementProject Costing | Training Management | Benefits

Find out how you can do it all with Payboy

Reach out to us if you are keen for a free demo on how we can help you save hours and give you some peace of mind on payroll and other HR matters so that you can focus on your business and people.
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