Singaporeans, PRs worked fewer hours a week on average in 2018

Manpower Ministry figures show that employed Singaporeans and permanent residents worked an average of 43 hours a week last year. This has come down from 43.2 hours in 2017 and a high of 46.6 hours in 2010. The fall last year was due to a slight decr
Manpower Ministry figures show that employed Singaporeans and permanent residents worked an average of 43 hours a week last year. This has come down from 43.2 hours in 2017 and a high of 46.6 hours in 2010. The fall last year was due to a slight decrease in hours among people working full time, as well as a rising share of part-timers in the workforce, says the ministry.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Singaporeans and permanent residents here are working fewer hours per week on average. This comes as more take up part-time jobs and are aided by technology in their work.

Figures released yesterday by the Manpower Ministry showed that employed Singaporeans and permanent residents clocked an average of 43 hours per week last year.

This is down from a high of 46.6 hours in 2010, and 43.2 hours in 2017. The figure refers to the usual hours worked per week, which covers a typical weekly work schedule including regular overtime hours, even if they are unpaid.

But workers in some industries, such as transportation and storage, still pulled in long hours.

Overall, more people in Singapore were working last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2019, with the headline 'S'poreans, PRs worked fewer hours a week on average in 2018'. Print Edition | Subscribe