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Summary Table: Hours Worked
Released on:31/1/2024 10:20 AM

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Statistics on hours worked are monitored because the number of hours worked has an impact on workers' well-being and is a measure of labour input that can be used to produce other economic indicators such as labour productivity. MRSD publishes three statistical measures of hours worked, which are consistent with the concepts and definitions recommended by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

  • Paid hours worked: Refers to the hours for which employees receive payment from their employers. It includes paid hours that are not worked e.g. paid leave. Statistics on paid hours are used as a gauge of the level of economic activities and working conditions of the various industries.
  • Usual hours worked: Refers to the hours that an employed person typically works in any given week, regardless of whether they are paid for. As usual hours cover one's typical weekly work schedule, they can be used to examine quality of work.
  • Actual hours worked: Refers to the actual hours that an employed person spent on work activities, regardless of whether the hours are regular in nature or whether they are paid for. Actual hours reflect the amount of labour input, and the statistics are used to compute labour productivity.​​​


Paid Hours Worked
(Per Week) 

Year 2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2​022
2023
Total Paid Hours
Worked Per Employee










  Annual Average 46.2 46.0 45.6 45.5 45.1 44.8 44.7 44.0 44.2 44.1 n.a.
  As at Mar 46.2 45.9 45.6 45.5 45.2 44.8 44.6 44.4 44.2 44.2 43.7
  As at Jun 46.3 46.1 45.6 45.6 45.2 44.9 44.7 43.4 44.3 43.8
43.4
  As at Sep 46.2 46.0 45.6 45.6 45.1 44.9 44.7 43.8 44.3 44.0
43.7
  As at Dec 46.2 45.8 ​45.5 45.3 45.0 44.7 44.7 44.3 44.2 44.2
n.a.
Paid Overtime Hours
Worked Per Employee










  Annual Average 3.8 3.7 3.4 3.3 3.0 2.8 2.7 2.0 2.5 2.5
n.a.
  As at Mar 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.3 3.0 2.8 2.6 2.4 2.4 2.5
2.3 
  As at Jun 3.9 3.8 3.4 3.4 3.0 2.9 2.7 1.4 2.5 2.4
2.1 ​
  As at Sep 3.8 3.7 3.4 3.3 3.0 2.9 2.8 1.9 2.6
2.4
2.3 
  As at Dec 3.8 3.6 3.4 3.1 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.4 2.4 2.7
n.a.
Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

Source: Labour Market Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM
Latest figures published in: Labour Market Report​

Notes:
  • Data pertain to private sector establishments (each with at least 25 employees) and the public sector.
  • Annual figures are the simple averages of the figures obtained at quarterly intervals.
  • n.a. = Not available

Usual Hours W​orked
(Per Week) 

Mid Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
2018 2019
​2020 2021 ​2022
20​23
Usual Hours Worked Per
Employed Resident










     Total 45.3 
44.3 
44.2 
43.4​ 
43.2​ 
43.0 
42.9 
42.8 
42.4 
42.2 
41.9 
     Full-Time 48.0 
47.1 
47.0 
​46.1 
​45.9 
45.8 
45.8 
45.4 
45.0 
44.6 
44.5 
     Part-Time 21.5 
21.3 
21.1 
​21.3 
​20.6 
20.9 
21.1 
21.2 
21.5 
21.6 
21.0 
Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

Source: Comprehensive Labour Force Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM
Latest figures published in: Labour Force in S​inga​pore

Notes:
  • Data exclude full-time National Servicemen.
  • Data are for mid-year.
  • Usual hours worked refers to the number of hours that a person usually works in a typical week, regardless of whether he is paid or not.
  • Residents refer to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • Full-time refers to employment where the normal hours of work is at least 35 hours a week. Part-time refers to employment where the normal hours of work is less than 35 hours a week.
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Actual Hours Worked
(Per Week) 

Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 20​22 20​23
Actual Hours Worked Per
Employed Person





  Annual Average 44.8​ 
44.2 
44.7 
42.6 
44.4 
44.3 
43.8P 
  1st Qtr 44.4 
43.8 
43.7 
44.4 
44.0 
43.9 
44.2   
  2nd Qtr
44.9 
43.8 
44.6 
38.4 
44.2 
44.1 
44.0  ​ 
  3rd Qtr 44.9 
44.8 
45.3 
43.2 
44.8 
44.6 
43.5   
  ​4th Qtr 44.8 
44.5 
45.1 
44.5 
44.6 
44.6 ​
43.4P 
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

Source: Labour Force Survey, Manpower Research & Statistics Department, MOM
Latest figures published in: Labour Market Report​

Notes:
  • Data exclude full-time National Servicemen.​
  • Annual figures are the simple averages of each quarter's figures.
  • p = Preliminary
  • n.a. = Not available
  • The estimation method for Actual Hours Worked was refined in 4Q2023 by incorporating information based on more detailed industry breakdown. As a result, the overall mean hours worked per week was revised by +0.1 to +0.2 hours for some periods.















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