Hours of Work & Overtime

In Singapore, hours of work and overtime are regulated under Part IV of the Employment Act.

These regulations are only applicable for employees covered under Part IV of the Employment Act

According to Part IV of the Employment Act, working hours of an employee should be:

  • no more than 8 hours a day
  • no more than 44 hours a week
  • no more than 6 hours without a break


  • no more than 12 hours a day inclusive of overtime work (except under certain circumstances such as an accident, or work that saves life or regarding national defence/security)
For the employees that are not covered under part IV of the employment act, the working hours and overtime are determined by the agreement between the employee and the employer.
The common practice in Singapore is that office employees work from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm/7pm.

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