Report summary:Singapore’s Employment Act and social security provisions offer benefits for Singaporean families with childcare responsibilities, however the country lacks family-friendly workplace policies. Meanwhile, paid domestic workers (who are a support pillar for many Singapore households) face less favorable working and living conditions. As such, Singapore’s policy regime for caregivers and careworkers is rated on the low end of the “Maturing” band under the Global Care Policy Index (GCPI).
Note: As of December 2021, Category A6 on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies has been retitled as “Mother-Friendly Workplace Policies”.
|GDP (USD, billion)||372|
|Human Development Index||0.810|
|Women’s Labor Force Participation Rate||61.1%|
|Percentage of the Informal Economy||–|
|Old-age Dependency Ratio||16.4%|
|Access to Basic Drinking Water*||100%|
|Access to Electricity*||100%|
|Access to Sanitation Services*||100%|
|Access to Essential Health Services*†||85.8|
Source: World Bank Open Data, Human Development Index, International Labour Organization 2019, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
* Household access
†The WHO defines essential health services as “the average [household] coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; and service capacity and access; among the general and the most disadvantaged population”
Data correct as of 2020.