There will be seven long weekends in 2020, compared to only four long weekends in 2019. In 2020, four of the public holidays fall on a Friday, while three fall on a Sunday, which means those for whom Sunday is a normal day of rest will enjoy a public holiday on the following Monday.
The first Day of Chinese New Year (January 25th) and Deepavali (November 14th) fall on a Saturday in 2020 and therefore are not compensated by a public holiday on a weekday.
This year the only public holidays that fall in consecutive weeks are Labour Day (Friday May 1st) and Vesak Day (Thursday May 7th). Using four days of your holiday allowance in that first week of May would mean you would enjoy a ten day break.
In the statement, the Ministry of Manpower highlighted that under the amended Employment Act, all managers and executives are entitled to paid public holidays from April 1st 2019.
Previously, only managers and executives earning up to S$4,500 a month were entitled to this.
Eligible employees include workmen earning more than S$4,500 a month, non-workmen earning more than S$2,600 a month, and all managers and executives, said MOM.
Employees who work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay. Alternatively, employers and staff can agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
Employers may also grant certain staff time off in lieu of working on a public holiday, which should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.
National holidays in Singapore in 2020
|Wednesday||Jan 01||New Year’s Day|
|Saturday||Jan 25||Chinese New Year||1st 2 days of Chinese Lunar New Year|
|Sunday||Jan 26||Chinese New Year Holiday||1st 2 days of Chinese Lunar New Year|
|Monday||Jan 27||Chinese New Year (in lieu)|
|Friday||Apr 10||Good Friday||Friday before Easter Sunday|
|Friday||May 01||Labour Day||International Workers’ Day|
|Thursday||May 07||Vesak Day||Birth of Buddha|
|Sunday||May 24||Hari Raya Puasa||End of Ramadan|
|Monday||May 25||Hari Raya Puasa Holiday||End of Ramadan|
|Friday||Jul 31||Hari Raya Haji||Feast of the sacrifice|
|Sunday||Aug 09||National Day|
|Monday||Aug 10||National Day|
|Friday||Dec 25||Christmas Day|