The overtime pay guide for employers in Singapore

Are you an employer in Singapore who is looking for information on overtime pay? If so, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we'll provide you with everything you need to know about overtime pay in Singapore, including how it's calculated and when it's payable. We'll also answer some common questions employers have about overtime pay. Read on to find out more!

Who is entitled to overtime pay?

The following employees are entitled to overtime pay:

  • A workman (doing manual labour) earning a basic monthly salary of not more than $4,500
  • A non-workman earning up to $2,600

When can an employee claim for overtime?

An employee can claim for overtime if he or she works in excess of the contractual working hours.

What are considered contractual working hours?

Contractual working hours are the hours that you and your employer have agreed to in the contract of service.

For common work arrangements For other work arrangements
5 days or less a week: Up to 9 hours per day or 44 hours a week
Less than 44 hours every alternate week
More than 5 days a week: Up to 8 hours a day or 44 hours a week Up to 48 hours a week, but capped at 88 hours in any continuous 2-week period.

How to calculate overtime pay?

Overtime pay = Hourly basic rate of pay × 1.5 × number of hours worked overtime

The hourly basic rate of pay is calculated as follows:

Employee type Hourly basic pay calculation
Monthly-rated employee (12 x Monthly basic rate of pay) / (52 x 44)
Daily-rated employee Daily pay at the basic rate / Working hours per day
Piece-rated employee Total weekly pay at the basic rate of pay / Total number of hours worked in the week

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What is the maximum overtime rate payable?

The overtime rate payable for non-workmen is capped at the salary level of $2,600, or an hourly rate of $13.60.

When must overtime pay be paid to employees?

Payment must be made within 14 days after the last day of the salary period.

What is the maximum number of overtime hours?

An employee can only work up to 72 overtime hours in a month.

Employers can apply for an exemption if they require employees to work more than 72 hours of overtime in a month.

How is overtime pay on rest days or public holidays calculated?

Overtime on a rest day or public holiday = 

(Hourly basic rate of pay × 1.5 × Number of hours worked overtime)

+ (Rest day or public holiday pay)

How to calculate rest day or public holiday pay:

  • Public holiday pay: (12 x monthly basic rate of pay) / (52 x average number of days an employee is required to work in a week) x 1
    • Monthly gross salary already includes payment for holiday and therefore only needs to cover an additional day’s pay
  • Rest day pay (full day): (12 x monthly basic rate of pay) / (52 x average number of days an employee is required to work in a week) x 2
  • Rest day pay (half day): (12 x monthly basic rate of pay) / (52 x average number of days an employee is required to work in a week) x 1

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