Holidays in Singapore 2020

Holidays in Singapore

The 11 gazetted public holidays are:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Chinese New Year – first day
  3. Chinese New Year – second day
  4. Hari Raya Puasa
  5. Hari Raya Haji
  6. Good Friday
  7. Labour Day
  8. Vesak Day
  9. National Day
  10. Deepavali
  11. Christmas Day
1 January 2020WednesdayNew Year’s Day
25 January 2020
26 January 2020
Saturday
Sunday
Chinese New YearMonday, 27 January 2020, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 26 January 2020.
10 April 2020FridayGood Friday
1 May 2020FridayLabour Day
7 May 2020ThursdayVesak Day
24 May 2020SundayHari Raya PuasaMonday, 25 May 2020, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 24 May 2020.
31 July 2020FridayHari Raya Haji
9 August 2020SundayNational DayMonday, 10 August 2020, will be a public holiday if your rest day falls on 9 August 2020.
14 November 2020SaturdayDeepavali
25 December 2020FridayChristmas Day

PAYMENT FOR WORK DONE ON A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

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  1. With the amendments to the Employment Act that had taken effect from 1 April 2019, all employers should note the following:
  • An employee who is required to work on a public holiday is entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.
  • Alternatively, the employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
  • An employer also has the additional option of granting time-off-in-lieu, based on a mutually agreed number of hours, for working on a public holiday for the following group of employees:
  • Workmen earning more than $4,500 a month;
  • Non-workmen earning more than $2,600 a month; and
  • All managers and executives.
  1. For more information on the Public Holiday provisions under the Employment Act, please refer to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website.

What HR needs to know about employee rules on a public holiday (PH):

  • Employees are entitled to gross rate of pay on a PH, if they were not absent on the working day immediately before or after a holiday without consent or a reasonable excuse; or were are on authorised leave (e.g. sick leave, annual leave) on the day immediately before or after a holiday.
  • If employees are required to work on a public holiday, they should be paid an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.
  • If employees work on a public holiday, they and the employer can mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
  • For employees in a managerial or executive position, the employer may grant time off in lieu for working on a public holiday. The time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.

Public Holidays With Pay In Singapore

Holiday Pay In Singapore

Public holiday in lieu

If you work on a public holiday, you and your employer can mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.

Time off in lieu (for managers and executives)

If you are in a managerial or executive position, your employer may grant you time off in lieu for working on a public holiday. The time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.

If there is no mutual agreement on the duration of time off in lieu, your employer can decide on one of the following:

  • Pay an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay for one day’s work.
  • For working 4 hours or less on a holiday, grant time off in lieu of 4 hours on a working day.
  • For working more than 4 hours on a holiday, grant a full day off on a working day.

School Holidays In Singapore 2020

The school year for 2020 for all MOE primary and secondary schools will start on Thursday, 2 January 2020 and end on Friday, 20 November 2020.

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2020

PRIMARY & SECONDARY
Semester I
Term IThu 2 Jan to Fri 13 Mar
Term IIMon 23 Mar to Fri 29 May
Semester II
Term IIIMon 29 Jun to Fri 4 Sep
Term IVMon 14 Sep to *Fri 20 Nov

*The last day of the final school term for schools which will be used as venues for the GCE O Level written examinations will be Friday, 23 October 2020.

JUNIOR COLLEGE (JC) Year 1 & Millennia Institute (MI) Year 1MI Year 2JC Year 2 & MI Year 3
Semester I
Term IWed 5 Feb to Fri 13 MarMon 6 Jan to Fri 13 Mar
Term IIMon 23 Mar to Fri 29 May
Semester II
Term IIIMon 29 Jun to Fri 4 Sep
Term IVMon 14 Sep to Fri 27 NovMon 14 Sep to end of ‘A’-Level exams

SCHOOL VACATION 2020

2. The four vacation periods for schools, junior colleges and Millennia Institute for 2020 will be as follows:

 PRIMARY & SECONDARY
Between Terms I & IISat 14 Mar to Sun 22 Mar
Between Semesters I & IISat 30 May to Sun 28 Jun
Between Terms III & IVSat 5 Sep to Sun 13 Sep
At End of School YearSat 21 Nov to Thu 31 Dec

JC Year 1, MI Year 1 & MI Year 2JC Year 2 & MI Year 3
Between Terms I & IISat 14 Mar to Sun 22 Mar
Between Semesters I & IISat 30 May to Sun 28 Jun
Between Terms III & IVSat 5 Sep to Sun 13 Sep
At End of School YearSat 28 Nov to Thu 31 DecEnd of ‘A’ Level exams to Thu 31 Dec
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3. The scheduled school holidays and public holidays for 2020 will be as follows:

SCHEDULED SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2020

Youth DaySun 5 Jul
(The following Monday, 6 Jul 2020 will be a scheduled school holiday)
Teachers’ DayFri 4 Sep
Children’s Day
(for primary schools and primary sections of full schools only)
Fri 9 Oct

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2020

Term INew Year’s DayWed 1 Jan
Chinese New YearSat 25 Jan
*Sun 26 Jan
Term IIGood FridayFri 10 Apr
Labour DayFri 1 May
Vesak DayThu 7 May
Hari Raya Puasa**Sun 24 May
Term IIIHari Raya HajiFri 31 Jul
National Day***Sun 9 Aug
Term IV
Deepavali****Sat 14 Nov
Christmas DayFri 25 Dec
*Monday, 27 Jan, will be a public holiday & Tuesday, 28 Jan, will be a school holiday.
**Monday, 25 May, will be a public holiday.
***Monday, 10 Aug, will be a public holiday.
****Monday, 16 Nov, will be a school holiday.