SINGAPORE - Workers planning a holiday can look forward to seven long weekends next year.
The Ministry of Manpower has released a list of dates of public holidays for 2017, with a total of 11 gazetted public holidays.
Seven of these holidays fall on a Friday, Sunday or Monday. This is an increase from six days this year.
Three public holidays next year fall on a Sunday. When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a day off.
One of the public holidays next year falls on a Saturday. Workers who are not required to work on Saturdays are entitled to another day off or an extra day's salary in lieu of that public holiday.
Workers who are required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day's salary. Alternatively, an employer and employee may mutually agree for the worker to claim a day off for working on a holiday.
The public can access the list of public holidays for 2017 on the Ministry of Manpower website.