Finance & Compliance

Overtime Pay Rules in Singapore

Katie Ash

Aug 5, 2021


In Singapore, for people covered under section 4 of the Employment Act have regulated working hours, including overtime hours and pay. The working week (Monday to Sunday) is divided with normal working days and rest day(s). Contractual working hours are the hours that you and your employer have agreed to in the employment contract.

Overtime work is all work in excess of the normal hours of work (excluding breaks).


You can claim overtime if you are:

  • A non-workman earning up to $2,600.
  • A workman earning up to $4,500.


The basic overtime rate is 1.5x hourly rate x overtime hours worked. However there are a number of additional requirements to meet overtime payments, as well as differing calculations depending on the type of day overtime was worked on.


Below is an outline of current Singapore regulations in relation to paying overtime hours to employees covered under section 4 of the Employment Act:



Overtime on a Normal Work Day


On a normal workday, overtime is payable at 1.5x the standard hourly rate. However, it’s important to note that this is not calculated daily, but weekly, and paid only if the worker works more than 44h per week. Working time is also averaged over a 2-week period (or three weeks if worker works shifts up to 12h/day). So if a worker works 45 hours in a week, but only 40 hours the following week, they will not qualify for overtime payments as the average working week was 42.5h during this period. Any overtime payout is capped at 72 hours per month.



Overtime on a Rest Day


There are multiple overtime rates applicable if a worker works on a rest day. If they work less than half of the hours of a normal work day, they are entitled to a full days salary. If they work more than half the hours of a usual work day they should be paid 2 full days salary. If they work more than the hours they would usually work on a normal work day, they are entitled to two days full salary, plus overtime hours at 1.5x their usual hourly rate.



Overtime on a Public Holiday


Public Holiday falls on a Normal Work Day

If a worker works a public holiday, they are entitled to a normal days pay, plus an extra full days pay, plus overtime at 1.5x their usual hourly salary if more than the usual number of working hours are worked.



Public Holiday falls on a Rest Day (ie, Saturday for 5-day week workers)

Rest day pay applies, plus overtime if more than usual hours are worked, plus the next day off as a public holiday in lieu. If another day will not be given off, an extra full days pay should be given.


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