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Maternity Leave

With 16 weeks of paid Maternity Leave, working mothers can spend more time with their newborn. For the first 2 confinements, the first 8 weeks of Maternity Leave are employer-paid. The last 8 weeks are funded by the Government.

For the third and subsequent confinements, all 16 weeks of leave are funded by the Government. The amount of Government-Paid Maternity Leave is capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks, including CPF contributions, i.e. $20,000 per confinement for the first two confinements, and $40,000 per confinement for the 3rd and subsequent confinements.

By default,the 16 weeks of leave can be taken continuously as a block starting from up to 4 weeks before the date of delivery. If the employer and employee mutually agree, the last 8 weeks of leave can also be taken flexibly over a period of 12 months from the birth of the birth of the child. You are eligible for Government-Paid Maternity Leave if:

  1. Your child is a Singapore Citizen;


    1. For employees: You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the birth of your child;
    2. If self-employed: You have been engaged in a particular business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the birth of your child, and have lost income as a result of not engaging in your business, trade or profession during the Maternity Leave period.

If your child is born before 1 January 2017, you are eligible if you are lawfully married to your child's father.

Last Updated : 14 May 2018