Family-friendly Practices On The Rise At Various Workplaces In Singapore
Employers in Singapore are going beyond statutory requirements to provide various leave benefits to help their employees cope with family commitments. This was revealed by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a recent 2012 Conditions of Employment survey conducted by its Research and Statistics Department.
According to MOM, more employers are also offering work-life arrangements, such as part-time work, flexitime and teleworking (formal), though they are still not widely prevalent.
In 2012, 41 percent establishments (four in ten) offered at least one form of work-life arrangement to their employees, up from 38 percent in 2011. Part-time working was the most common work-life arrangement offered by a third (33 percent) of establishments. At a distant second was flexitime (8.2 percent), followed by staggered hours (7.5 percent) and tele-working (formal) at 4 percent.
The share of full-time employees who were entitled to at least 15 days of paid annual leave edged up to 41 percent in 2012. Management & executives (M&E) continued to have more favourable leave benefits, with 71 percent of them entitled to at least 15 days of paid annual leave, compared with rank-and-file (RAF) employees, where nearly 78 percent had less than 15 days.
Increasingly, employers provided additional leave to their employees to help them cope with family commitments. About 89 percent of establishments gave compassionate leave to their employees; 73 percent gave marriage leave to their staff. Slightly over half granted paternity leave (53 percent), while slightly over a third (36 percent) provided study/examination leave and one in six (16 per cent) gave parental care/sick leave.
The five-day work-week continued to be the norm, with 44 percent of full-time employees in 2012 under such a work-week arrangement, where the standard working hours are compressed into five days a week, with employees working longer each day.
Meanwhile, shift work (17 percent), 6-day (18 percent) and 5½-day work-week (14 per cent), each accounting for less than one-fifth of the employees in 2012 significantly lag behind.
The recent survey effectively covered 3,500 establishments in the private sector each with at least 25 employees and the public sector, achieving a response rate of 91 percent.