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Conditions of Employment 2004


The latest Conditions of Employment Survey conducted by the Ministry of Manpower’s Research and Statistics Department, shows that while flexible work arrangements in Singapore have increased in recent years, they are still not widespread.
Paid family care leave is also largely confined to certain industries and larger firms. There is therefore scope for employers to do more to address the rising expectations of employees for more flexi-work arrangements to better balance their work and personal cum family commitments.
The survey also reveals that against an improving job market, the share of contingent employment in 2004 was unchanged from 2002. Meanwhile, the 5- day workweek continues to be the norm for full-time employees in the private sector.
The trend towards employers having more annual leave has stabilised in recent years. These are some of the findings from the survey which covers 2,400 private sector firms with at least 25 employees.
The 41-page “Conditions of Employment, 2004” report provides a snapshot of employment conditions such as work-week patterns, annual leave entitlement and sickness absenteeism.
The report also examines the prevalence of alternative employment practices, including flexible work arrangements and contingent and shift work. It also discusses the extent to which employers are providing pro-family benefits such as family care, maternity and paternity leave.
For highlights of the findings, please refer to the Annex. The full report is available online on the Manpower Research and Statistics Department’s website at
Annex: Highlights of Survey findings

Source: Ministry of Manpower Press Release 17 Jan 2005


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