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Annual leave

If you are covered under the Employment Act and have worked for at least 3 months, you are entitled to annual leave. Find out your annual leave eligibility, entitlements and other leave variations.


You are entitled to paid annual leave if you meet the following conditions:


Your annual leave entitlement depends on how many years of service you have with your employer. Your year of service begins from the day you start work with your employer.

Year of service Days of leave
1st 7
2nd 8
3rd 9
4th 10
5th 11
6th 12
7th 13
8th and thereafter 14

If an employee begins work on 14 Mar 2013, the annual leave entitlement will be calculated as follows:

Period of employment Completed months of service Annual leave entitlement
14 Mar 2013 to
13 Mar 2014
12 7 days (1st year)
14 Mar 2014 to
13 Mar 2015
12 8 days (2nd year)
14 Mar 2015 to
13 Mar 2016
12 9 days (3rd year)

If you have worked less than a year (pro-rated leave)

If you have worked for your employer for at least 3 months, your annual leave entitlement is pro-rated based on the number of full months you have worked.

This entitlement applies even if you are still on probation.

Calculate your pro-rated annual leave

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How pro-rated annual leave is calculated

Annual leave is pro-rated using this formula:

  • (No. of completed months of service / 12 months) x No. of days of annual leave entitlement


  • You should not include periods of approved no-pay leave when calculating annual leave entitlement.
  • If the fraction of a day is less than one-half, round it down; if it is half or more, round it up to one day.

If an employee started work on 14 Mar 2014 and left service on 31 Jul 2014, the number of completed months of service is:

14 Mar 2014 to 13 Jul 2014 = 4 completed months
The period from 14 to 31 Jul 2014 is disregarded as it is not a completed month.

If an employee has completed 4 months of service and is entitled to 10 days of leave a year, the pro-rated annual leave is:

(4 completed months / 12 months) x 10 days of leave = 3.33 days
Rounded down to 3 days as the fraction is less than 0.5.

Annual leave in special situations

Find out your annual leave entitlements under these scenarios:

Leave on half days of workShow

Any leave you take will be considered a full-day's leave, even if it is taken on a half working day.

However, your employer can choose to treat it as a half-day's leave. Check with your employer on whether it is the company's policy to grant a full day or half day of leave.

Your working hours on Saturdays are 9am to 1pm. If you take leave on a Saturday, it is still counted as a full day of leave.

Forfeited or unconsumed leaveShow

Your annual leave entitlement can be forfeited if you:

  • Are absent from work without permission or reasonable excuse for more than 20% of the working days in the months or year.
  • Fail to take your leave within 12 months after the end of 12 months of continuous service.
  • Are dismissed on the grounds of misconduct.

Instead of forfeiting the leave, your employer can choose to encash your unconsumed leave at the gross rate of pay based on your last drawn salary.

If your termination was not because of misconduct, your employer must pay you for every day of leave not taken, at the gross rate of pay based on your last drawn salary.

Unpaid leaveShow

You can apply for unpaid leave (also known as no pay leave) if you are not eligible for paid annual leave or have used up your paid annual leave. No-pay leave is subject to approval from your employer.

If you take more paid annual leave than you are entitled to, the excess leave is treated as unpaid leave, and your employer can deduct your salary accordingly. Your employer should therefore keep a record of all your leave applications, whether paid or unpaid.

Marriage and compassionate leaveShow

There is no statutory entitlement for marriage and compassionate leave. Such leave entitlements depend on your employment contract or on mutual agreement between you and your employer.

You can apply for annual leave or unpaid leave for such purposes.

Last Updated: 25 October 2016