4 long weekends in 2019, but you can easily make it 6

4 long weekends in 2019, but you can easily make it 6
PHOTO: The Straits Times

We're barely halfway through 2018, but it's not too early to start planning your holidays for 2019.

There will be 11 gazetted public holidays in Singapore next year and a total of four long weekends, according to a Ministry of Manpower release on Wednesday.

There are also four long weekends this year.

Photo: Ministry of Manpower website

While there are five public holidays in 2019 that fall either on a Friday or a Sunday, National Day and Hari Raya Haji fall on the same weekend next year. National Day is on a Friday while Hari Raya Haji falls on Sunday, where the next day will be a public holiday.

However, you can easily enjoy two more long weekends with just two days' of leave.

Two public holidays are on a Tuesday (New Year's Day and Chinese New Year), so taking the day off on Monday will allow you to enjoy a break of four or five days at a stretch.


MOM in its statement reminded all employers of some rules under the Employment Act.

An employee who is required to work on a public holiday is entitled to an extra day's salary at the basic rate of pay.

Alternatively, the employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.

An employer also has the additional option of granting managers and executives, earning up to a basic monthly salary of $4,500, time-off--in-lieu for working on a public holiday. The time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.


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