More than 60% of Workers in Singapore Made to Work Longer Hours than Stated in their Contracts


About 82 per cent of professionals in Singapore say they are working more hours than what is stipulated in their contracts.

Nearly two thirds of Singapore’s professionals say they feel obligated to work longer hours.

Only 28 per cent believe they are definitely more productive during those hours.

These findings were reported in a survey by global consultancy firm Morgan McKinley.

Of those surveyed, 17 per cent said they worked more than 10 hours beyond their contracted hours.

The majority agreed that the excessive work hours affected their work-life balance, with 85 per cent saying that it had “some impact” or more.

A majority said they continued to work even when not physically present in office, with 72 per cent of them working from home or on their mobile devices.

Compared to other countries in the Asia Pacific region, the Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey 2014 showed that this figure was slightly lower than those of Japan and Hong Kong, both registering 84 per cent, but higher when compared to China (65 per cent).

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