More firms in Singapore providing flexible work benefits

People walking outside Raffles Place MRT. More firms in Singapore are providing flexible work benefits for their staff, says the Manpower Ministry. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
People walking outside Raffles Place MRT. More firms in Singapore are providing flexible work benefits for their staff, says the Manpower Ministry. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - More firms in Singapore are providing flexible work benefits for their staff, said the Manpower Ministry (MOM).

The number of firms providing some form of flexible work arrangement rose from about two in five in 2013 to half this year, according to an MOM report released on Tuesday morning.

The most common practice is allowing staff to work part-time, with about one in three firms doing so. Other forms of flexible arrangements include allowing staff to start work earlier or later than the regular hours and letting them work from home.

The MOM report also found that absenteeism from work due to illnesses has not increased. About three in five staff take sick leave of about five days in a year. The trend has "remained the same" since 2011, said the MOM. The report is based on a survey conducted between June and September this year of 3,800 firms which hire 1.3 million workers in total.

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