Contracts in Singapore

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The Active Population in Figures

Main Indicators 2005 2006 2007
Labor Force 2367300 2594100 2750500
Labor Force (Annual Growth, %) 1.07 8.74 5.68
Rate of Activity (%) 63.0 65.0 65.1
Unemployment Rate (%) 3.1 2.7 2.1

Source: Statistics Singapore

Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labor Force) 2007
Managers and Senior Officials 10.3%
Working Proprietors 4.3%
Professionals 15.2%
Technicians and Associate Professionals 19.0%
Clerical Workers 13.7%
Service and Sales Workers 11.6%
Production Craftsmen and Related Workers 5.2%
Plant and Machine Operators and Assemblers 9.2%
Cleaners, Laborers, and Related Workers 8.0%
Others 3.5%

Source: Statistics Singapore

For Further Statistics
Ministry of Manpower
For Further Information About the Labor Market
Statistics, Labor, Employment and Wages

Management of Human Resources



Method of Recruitment
Advertising, educational institutions, direct recruitment.
Recruitment Agencies
Employment Agencies (Private), Labor Contractors (Private).
Recruitment Websites
Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore)
Singapore Jobs Directory
Singapore Job Market

The Contract

Type of Contract

However the nature of contract depends on the type of contract which could be of following types: Annual hours contract, casual workers contract, fixed-term contract, home-workers contract, job sharing contract, flexi-time contract, part-timers contract, self-employed workers contract.

Breach of Contracts
  • Retirement
It can take several forms: general resignation, resignation for one's own convenience, resignation by agreement, resignation by employee's request, voluntary retirement, etc.
  • Dismissals
Employment laws in Singapore are flexible, and allow for relatively free hiring and firing practices. Either party can terminate employment by giving the other party the required notice which is governed by Employment Act.
  • Other Possible Methods
Collective dismissals due to economic reasons, disciplinary dismissals, resignation as per the terms of contract.
Labor Laws
Law in Singapore
LawNet - Singapore Academy of Law

Dispute Settlement


Conciliation Process

Cases of Dispute

Singapore enjoys a peaceful and productive industrial climate.

  • Legal Framework

The Conciliation Section of the Labor Relations Department of the Ministry of Manpower is responsible for the mediation or conciliation of labor disputes. If mediation efforts fail, the dispute is referred to the Industrial Arbitration Court.

  • Procedure
Industrial Relations Act

Employment Act

Trade Unions Act

Retirement Age Act

Trade Disputes Act


Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners

Trade Union Act does not allow the unionization of government employees and uniformed personnel. The act also restricts the Trade Unions' right to select the leader and whom to employ.

Most of the Trade Unions are part of National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) which is closely associated to the government. The government grants renewable licenses to trade unions on yearly basis and strictly controls them.

Unionization Rate
25 % (Approximately)
National Trade Union Congress (NTUC)
Regulation Bodies
Ministry of Manpower
Singapore National Employers' Federation (SNEF)

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