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Singapore: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Ravi Chandran, National University of Singapore

Consultant editor: Julia Yeo, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore


  • A contract of employment may be oral or written (although a written contract is likely to reduce the chances of any dispute). Employers must provide employees covered by the Employment Act with a statement of the key terms of their employment. (See General)
  • There is no statutory obligation that employment should start with a probationary period, however, employment contracts commonly provide for a probationary period. (See Probationary periods)
  • There is little legal distinction between different types of employment contract. (See Types of contract)
  • Once an employment contract is formed, any variation of the contract will generally not be valid, although there are exceptions to this rule. (See Variation of contract)