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Concepts and Definitions

In Singapore’s Labour Force Survey, employed persons refer to persons aged fifteen years and over who, during the reference period:

imas Worked for one hour or more for pay, profit or family gains; or
imas  Have a job or business to return to but are temporarily absent because of illness, injury, breakdown of machinery at workplace, labour management dispute or other reasons.

Members of the Singapore Armed Forces including full-time National Servicemen are included in the persons employed, unless otherwise specified.

Different Groups Within Employment

The concepts and definitions used conform to international guidelines recommended by the International Labour Organisation.