10 Facts About OT in S’pore All S’pore Employees Should Know

There’s nothing better than earning a couple of extra dollars while you’re on the job. The easiest way to do this is with overtime when there’s a bigger workload to deal with.

Do you know much about OT in Singapore though? While Goody Feed works on a strictly no-OT policy (boss’s words: “Doing OT means you’re not focused enough during work hours”), we’re pretty sure doing OT to some is like breathing air: it’s common due to the competition.

Still, you need to know about them.

Here’s 10 things you wish you’d known yesterday!

The Maximum Hours of Work, and Then Overtime
According to the Statutory law, you should not work for more than 44 hours per week (for full-timers). Also, if you’re a non-workman with less than $2,500 monthly income or a workman with less than $4,500 monthly income, you are entitled to overtime pay if the need arises.

So, what’s a non-workman and what’s a workman? Basically a workman is one who does labour work while a non-workman is one who doesn’t.

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Yeah, I know you’re shocked because you would have known many people working OT without getting an extra single cent, and they’re paid much less than that. Now, here comes the next point which could explain this (sort of)…

Beware Of Your Contract Terms on Overtime
There are some companies out there which might want you to sign up on what is dubbed “free overtime”, or whatever fancy (and misleading) words they use. So if you see a term that says something like overtime being part of the job, and you will need to perform OT minus compensation, it’s a red flag that shouldn’t be ignored!

Certain Conditions Make It Mandatory for Your Employer to Pay You for OT
As mentioned, if you earn below S$2,500 (non-workman), or are a workman whose salary is lower than the sum of S$4,500, it is mandatory for the employer to pay you for your OT. And guess what? Technically speaking, employers can’t substitute OT pay with time off. Now you know.

There’s an OT Cap
According to MOM, OT that’s paid to non-workmen is capped at a salary level sum of S$2,250 OR at the hourly rate of S$11.80. Not sure about you, but at least this would ensure that people like me won’t “work die you (做死你)” .

How Much Should You Be Paid For OT
The OT offered to you must be at the bare minimum of one and a half times your basic hourly rate. But as an employee, you really shouldn’t be purposely working slow during working hours so that you can get OT pay…because you might not lose just your OT pay, my friend. You might just lose your job altogether.

When is the Latest to Receive Your OT Payment
Your OT must be paid to you within a fortnight (14 days) from the time you received your last salary.

The Max Hours of OT You Can Do
No one can work more than 72 OT hours every month. Period. If your employer needs more hours, they will need to get an exemption. The reason for this? We’re all humans.

Speaking About OT Exemption and Work
OT exemption will not be given for certain types of jobs, such as crane operators, ship tanker loaders and manual blasting workers. Check if yours is one of those!

What Days Are Not Counted in the 72-hour OT Limit
Public holidays and work on rest days aren’t tabulated into the 72-hours, unless the work that’s completed is done across the usual daily working hours for the public and rest days.

How Is Your OT Calculated?
Well, you’ll just need to have three numbers with you. First is your hourly basic pay rate. Multiply that with 1.5 to get your hourly OT pay rate, and then finally multiply it again with the number of hours you did overtime for. That will give you the final sum of what you should be paid for.

But of course, here’s something you need to know: these are the rules and regulations. Some employers and employees can be flexible for the company’s goals, so casting this into stone isn’t exactly the best idea.

Instead, just know that you as an employee has certain rights.

So, do you think you have a better idea about overtime now? We sure hope you do!

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Annette Anthony

Annette Anthony

Lena's constantly juggling between the cross-trainer and her love for food. She dreams off flying to far off places and trying out new things. In the meantime, she's stuck at home with two cheeky minions and a sloppy Retriever.
Annette Anthony