As a working father, you can currently apply to share up to 4 weeks of your wife’s 16 weeks of Government-Paid Maternity Leave, subject to your wife’s agreement.
If you are a working father, including one who is self-employed, you are entitled to shared parental leave if you meet the following requirements:
- Your child is a Singapore citizen.
- The child's mother qualifies for Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML).
- You are lawfully married to the child's mother.
If your citizen child is born, or has an estimated delivery date (EDD) on or after 1 July 2017, you are entitled to take up to 4 weeks of shared parental leave, capped at $2,500 per week, including CPF. The shared parental leave is allocated in blocks of full weeks, e.g. your wife can allocate 1 to 4 weeks of shared parental leave.
If your citizen child is born, or has an EDD before 1 July 2017, you will be entitled to 1 week of shared parental leave, capped at $2,500, including CPF.
You can take your leave as follows:
||Up to 4 weeks
|Default, without any mutual agreement
||Take in a continuous stretch within 12 months after the birth of the child.
|Flexibly, by mutual agreement
||Take in blocks of weeks or in working days, in any combination within 12 months after the birth of the child.
|Calculating working days
Number of weeks x the number of working days in the week.
Capped at 6 working days per week.
How to apply
For instructions on applying for leave or claiming reimbursement, you can use any of the following:
Find out more
To find out more, you can: