Introduction 

The number of hours worked has an impact on workers’ well being and labour productivity. The statistics are important in monitoring working conditions and analysing economic developments.

There are two measures of hours worked, namely Paid Hours Worked by employees and Usual Hours Worked by persons in employment, whether paid or not.

imas   Paid Hours Worked

Available quarterly, Total Paid Hours Worked is the total number of paid hours worked in a week per employee and is the sum of standard hours and paid overtime hours worked. However, as the data do not capture unpaid overtime worked e.g. by executives and management staff who are normally not paid for working overtime, it may not provide a complete representation of the hours worked by individuals. For this, users can refer to the statistics on Usual Hours Worked collected from the mid-year Comprehensive Labour Force Survey.

Data on Total Paid Hours Worked and Paid Overtime Hours Worked can be found here. Statistics on Paid Hours Worked by industry are available quarterly in the Labour Market Report, also accessible via the previous link.

 
imas   Usual Hours Worked

For information on hours worked that is useful in social studies on family and community life, we can refer to Usual Hours Worked. Obtained annually from the mid-year Comprehensive Labour Force Survey, data on Usual Hours Worked capture the number of hours a person usually works in a typical week, regardless of whether he or she is paid for it. The data cover both employees and the self-employed.

Data on Usual Hours Worked with breakdown to full-timers and part-timers and by various demographic and socio-economic characteristics are available annually in the report on Labour Force in Singapore.