A Singaporean’s Guide to 2022 Public Holidays
Throughout 2021, fellow Singaporeans may have struggled to plan holidays or make the most of their annual leave entitlements due to the travel restrictions brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, the silver lining of it all was it helped boost Singapore’s local tourism as individuals took to exploring the hidden gems their country had to offer.
However, increasing vaccination rates and recovery efforts have since restored a sense of normalcy amongst Singaporeans. With the relaxation of restrictions for vaccinated travellers and potential travel bubbles and green lanes, 2022 seems to be a far more promising year for international travel.
Therefore, many Singaporeans are excited to travel again after a year of staying at home. In an effort to better aid your leave-planning, we’ve prepared a calendar of public holidays, along with which dates to apply for leave to make full use of your downtime!
Singapore Public Holiday Dates 2022
Chinese New Year
1&2 February 2022 | Tuesday & Wednesday
15 April 2022 | Friday
Hari Raya Puasa
2 May 2022 | Monday
9 August 2022 | Tuesday
24 October 2022 | Monday
Extend the Weekend
It goes without saying that one takes pride in their work, but nothing beats the excitement of public holidays, especially long weekends. However, most of us fail to make the most of them when they come around.
Meanwhile, savvier employees have probably planned out their holidays for the year. These employees believe that leveraging public holidays would result in a more fulfilling vacation.
“How is that possible?” you might ask. Well, the solution is simple. All you have to do is plan ahead. Planning ahead allows you to maximise your downtime and save on expenses. You’ll get to pick suitable dates and the best of deals online.
That’s not all, planning ahead lets us leverage paid leave by turning a long weekend into a longer vacation. Plan ahead for 2022 and your dream vacation might just become a reality!
Leave-Planning and Tracking Made Effortless
While going on leave is great, the administrative work that comes with it is rather tedious. Undeniably, approving and tracking employees’ leave allowances has proven to be a struggle for many HR personnel.
From the different types of leave to an extensive approval flow, it can be difficult to manage. However, leave-planning and tracking can be made effortless with JustLeave.
This mobile-centric leave software redefines flexible management. JustLeave makes leave management accessible at all times. It’s convenient design allows you to apply and approve leave on the go.
This software eliminates admin burden by allowing you to set up a bespoke leave system amongst many other exciting features. Better yet, JustLeave is scalable. Be it an SME or a large corporation, JustLeave is able to cater to all your leave-planning and tracking needs.
Employee’s Entitlement to Holidays
Effective 1 April 2019, some amendments to the Employer Act had been implemented to ensure that all employees are compensated during the holidays.
First, staff required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay. Moreover, the employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day. The employer has the additional option of granting time-off-in-lieu, based on a mutually agreed number of hours, for working on a public holiday. So, start plotting your vacation dates and maximize your downtime by utilizing your annual leave entitlements. It is an opportunity for employees to take a step back from work and de-stress.
Additionally, it also benefits both employers and employees as positive employee morale benefits an organization’s performance. Remember, well-rested employees increase productivity!