Public Holidays in Singapore for 2019
If you’re a business operating in Singapore, as an employer it would be a good idea to keep tabs on the upcoming dates of public holidays so business expectations and staffing can be managed accordingly to ensure a smooth transitional process.
Dates of the Public Holiday
In 2019, there will be 11 gazetted public holidays as follows:
|New Year’s Day||1 Jan 2019||Tuesday|
|Chinese New Year||5 Feb 2019||Tuesday|
|6 Feb 2019||Wednesday|
|Good Friday||19 Apr 2019||Friday|
|Labour Day||1 May 2019||Wednesday|
|Vesak Day||19 May 2019||Sunday|
|Hari Raya Puasa||5 Jun 2019||Wednesday|
|National Day||9 Aug 2019||Friday|
|Hari Raya Haji||11 Aug 2019||Sunday|
|Deepavali||27 Oct 2019||Sunday|
|Christmas Day||25 Dec 2019||Wednesday|
Any holidays that fall on a Sunday will be replaced the following Monday.
Staff Who Work During Public Holidays
Any employee who is required to work on a public holiday will be entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic pay rate. The employer also has the additional option of granting managers and executives time-off-in-lieu for working on a public holiday if their basic salary per month is SGD$4,500. The time off must consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.
Alternatively, the employer may agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day if the employee is mutually agreeable.
All employers are required to abide by this as it is in accordance with the Employment Act.