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Employment Act, 1968 (Payment of Salary)

Employment Act, 1968 ( Part 3: Article 20-34) (Payment of Salary)

In accordance to the Employment Act, the employer must pay employees’ salary at least once a month and within 7 days after the end of the salary period. There are exceptions for overtime, resignation without notice and other situations. Singapore does not have a minimum wage. Salary is subject to negotiation and agreement between the employer and employee or trade union.  For an employee who is covered by the Employment Act, the employer must pay salary at least once a month.

They can also pay it at shorter intervals if they choose.

Salary must be paid:

  • Within 7 days after the end of the salary period
  • For overtime work, within 14 days after the end of the salary period

How salary should be paid:

  • On a working day, during working hours.
  • At the place of work, or any other place the employee and employer have agreed on.

Payment can be made:

  • Directly into the employees’ bank account.
  • By cheque. The cheque needs to be cleared by the bank before the employee is considered paid.

Itemized pay slips:

From 1 April 2016, all employers must issue itemized pay slips to employees covered by the Employment Act.

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