"Any increase in annual leave entitlements entails business costs, and must be carefully considered in a tripartite manner," Singapore's Senior Minister of State, Dr Koh Poh Koon pointed out.
In response to a Parliamentary question by MP Louis Ng Kok Kwang, Singapore's Senior Minister of State, Dr Koh Poh Koon, has confirmed that there are currently no plans to review minimum annual leave entitlements for employees - keeping in mind the current economic conditions and the existing suite of other leave entitlements.
He noted that annual leave should be viewed in context alongside other entitlements, such as paid public holidays, sick leave, childcare leave, maternity leave, and paternity leave. "There has also been a significant push to support the adoption of work-life initiatives and flexible work arrangements, such as through the Tripartite Standards on Work-Life Harmony and Flexible Work Arrangements," he added.
As such, he explained: "Any increase in annual leave entitlements entails business costs, and must be carefully considered in a tripartite manner. This enables us to take into account business needs and ensure employees’ employability."
Nevertheless, he noted that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and its tripartite partners will continue to monitor the labour market situation and needs of the workforce on this aspect.
As a quick refresher, in accordance with the Employment Act, employees are entitled to paid annual leave if they have worked for their employer for at least three months.The annual leave entitlement depends on how many years of service employees have with their employer. Below is the table on the minimum entitlements: