* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Singapore Dollar (S$)


SGT (GMT +8)

Employment Cost


Annual Leave

7 days

In-demand Specialties*
Customer Service, E-Commerce, Education

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Singapore

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Singapore

Employing in Singapore requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Singapore with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Singapore quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Singapore ranks second globally for tech company expansion, following its impressive ease-of-doing-business rating by the World Bank in 2020, just behind New Zealand.

Positioned within a six-hour radius of Southeast Asian nations, Singapore serves as an efficient hub for accessing the rapidly growing consumer market in the region.

Singapore's strong economic position - marked by high government revenue, consistent surplus, and zero foreign debt - solidifies its standing as the world's most stable economy and a key global exporter.

The prevalence of English in Singapore results in a highly proficient population, surpassing language proficiency levels in most Asian markets, making the workforce particularly attractive to foreign clients.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Singapore

Contracts outlining essential employment terms can take various forms in Singapore and are not required to be in writing to be legally valid. However, it is best practice to provide such contracts to the employee within 14 days of starting work. Basic employment details include:

  • Identification of both parties
  • Starting date
  • Workplace details
  • Job description and responsibilities
  • Salary details and pay frequency, including overtime, compensation, or bonuses
  • Weekly working hours, workdays, and rest days
  • Allowances and deductions
  • Leave entitlements
  • Additional medical benefits
  • Probationary period
  • Notice periods for termination

Probationary Period in Singapore

While not required by law in Singapore, probationary periods are commonly stipulated in the employment contract or collective agreement and typically span a duration of 3-6 months.

Working hours in Singapore

Section IV of the Singapore Employment Act specifies that the contractual work hours, excluding break time and overtime, must not surpass 44 hours per week or 8 hours per day.

Overtime in Singapore

The Employment Act in Singapore mandates a minimum overtime rate of 150% of the regular hourly wage for eligible employees working up to 12 hours daily or 72 hours monthly. White-collar workers have a maximum monthly overtime pay of 4,500 SGD, while blue-collar workers receive up to 2,600 SGD. Overtime must be paid within 14 days after the last day of the salary period.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Singapore

Singapore has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 January - 31 December

Fiscal Year in Singapore

1 January - 31 December is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Singapore use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Singapore

The payroll cycle in Singapore is usually monthly, with employees being paid within 7 days after the end of salary period.

Minimum Wage in Singapore

Minimum wages and salaries in Singapore

There is no national monthly minimum wage in Singapore.

Bonus Payments in Singapore

In Singapore, it is customary to provide 13-month bonuses equivalent to one month's salary at the end of the year.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Singapore

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Singapore's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Singapore.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 17.25% on top of the employee salary in Singapore.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Singapore, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 20%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

The computation of income tax in Singapore follows a progressive rate system, with factors such as household status and the number of children potentially influencing the overall tax rates.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Singapore

In Singapore, the minimum retirement age is 62, extending to reemployment until age 67. By 2030, these ages will be raised to 65 and 70. The Central Provident Fund (CPF) is the main government-mandated pension system. At 55, employees are eligible to receive the savings as a lump sum, and at 65, they may withdraw up to 20% or choose monthly payouts.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Singapore tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Singapore

When it comes to terminating employment in Singapore, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

Employment can be terminated by either the employer or employee with legal notice, ensuring reasons align with the contract and are non-discriminatory. Full notice terminations result in payment on the last day, while terminations without notice lead to payment within seven days. Compliant terminations include:

  • Employee's voluntary resignation
  • Mutual agreement
  • Contract expiration
  • Employer's unilateral decision (based on probation, objective reasons, disciplinary dismissal, or unsuitability for job responsibilities)

Notice Period

In Singapore, the minimum notice period is initially set at 1 day and can be extended based on the following tenure:

  • Less than 26 weeks of service: 1 day notice
  • Between 26 weeks and 2 years of service: 1 week notice
  • Between 2 years and 5 years of service: 2 weeks’ notice
  • More than 5 years of service: 4 weeks’ notice

Severance Pay

While there is no legal mandate for employers to provide severance payments, employment contracts or collective agreements often indicate "Retrenchment Benefit" payments after completing two years of service. It is customary to offer 2-4 weeks' pay for each year of employment upon termination.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Singapore

The annual leave entitlement in Singapore is 7 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Singapore

Singapore recognises 10 public holidays annually, and these are separate from the minimum paid leave entitlement, serving as additional days off. The national holidays in Singapore are as follows:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Singapore

Maternity Leave in Singapore

Paternity Leave in Singapore

Sick Leave in Singapore

Bereavement Leave

Marriage Leave

Military Leave

Military Leave

Parental Leave In Singapore

Singapore's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Singapore

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Singapore's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Singapore

Make your benefits package in Singapore a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Singapore

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Singapore within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Singapore create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Singapore

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Singapore.

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Integrated EOR Platform

Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

Accelerated Immigration Timeline

By leveraging dedicated support from in-house legal and compliance experts for case by case questions and more.

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Accelerated Immigration Timeline

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