Main elements of an employment contract in Singapore
A characteristic employment contract in Singapore must contain the following details:
- Beginning of employment;
- Employment title and purpose;
- Hours of work;
- Probation period, if applicable;
- Employee’s duties and benefits (for example yearly leave, sick leave, maternity leave)
- End of contract – notice period; and
- Conduct code (for example being on time, no alcohol during working hours).
Employment legislation in Singapore
The Employment Act in Singapore
The Employment Act (EA) in Singapore applies to all employees – no matter what their nationality is – who are under an employment contract in Singapore with an employer, except:
• an individual hired in a managerial or executive position who earns in excess of SGD 4,500 basic monthly payment;
• any seaman;
• any local worker; and
• any individual hired by a Statutory Board or the Government.
The Section IV of the EA, which stipulates the provisions for rest days, hours of work and other conditions of employment, relates only to:
• workmen who are remunerated maximum SGD 4,500 basic monthly payments; and
• non-workmen covered by the EA who are remunerated maximum SGD 2,500 basic monthly payment.
However, the above-mentioned Section does not cover individuals hired in a managerial or executive position. Our accountants in Singapore can give you more details on this matter.
Employees who work less than 35 hours per week are regulated by the Employment (Part-Time Employees) Regulations that deliver a certain flexibility for the employer as well as the employee, comprising the pro-rating of employment benefits, encashment of the yearly leave and others.
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