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Female labor force participation rate in Singapore 2010-2019

In 2019, the female labor force participation rate in Singapore was at 61.1 percent. This places Singapore behind countries in the APAC region like Vietnam, Cambodia and New Zealand.

Demand for female labor

Women's participation rate in the labor force varies with age. From the ages of 25 to 29, the labor force participation rate of males and females in Singapore is comparable. The gender gap in the local labor force only emerges when women enter their 30s. Generally, however, the men were more active in the workforce than women. This too is reflected in the boardroom. In 2019, just 18.4 percent of members of boards of directors in Singapore were women.

Women and an aging population

In the face of a rapidly aging population, there is a higher demand for labor in Singapore’s workforce. Labor force participation rate for women aged 65 years and older increased by almost ten percent in the past decade to 19.6 percent. Measures were introduced by some firms in recent years to ease women’s participation in the workforce. This includes ad hoc flexible work arrangements, such as unplanned time-off and telecommuting. Singapore has also implemented several enhanced maternity benefits and leave schemes for working parents.

Labor force participation rate of women in Singapore from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures include women in Singapore between the ages of 15 years to 75 years and over.

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