Flexible Working in 2024


Opinions are divided on who should determine work arrangements, whether at home or on-site. 

Singapore,14th Feb 2024 – Hays, the global leader in workforce solutions and specialist recruitment, reveals the latest flexible working options amongst 1,175 skilled professionals in Singapore and its impact on employee satisfaction in the workplace.   

The online study conducted in late 2023, found 72.7% agree with their latest work arrangement policy. 48.5% of respondents received communications from their leaders suggesting that they believe culture and team morale can only be established through more face-to-face interactions. 

Additional takeaways: 

  • Among employees who disagree with their current work arrangement policy, Hays discovered that 70.0% of them currently work fully on-site or at least four days per week in office.  

  • Opinions regarding who should establish the organisation’s work arrangement policy were divided among respondents. 25.7% say this is up to the sole discretion of leadership, whilst 32.8% believe it should be a shared decision-making process. Notedly, only 7.4% say it should be entirely up to them. 

“Contrary to the commonly perceived tension between employers and employees, the majority of employees are receptive to the work arrangement adjustments needed to meet business priorities. To ensure these arrangements are tailored to benefit all parties, employers should continue engaging the workforce in their considerations” said Tom Osborne, Managing Director, Hays Southeast Asia. 

The study also found multinational companies offer more flexible working days to their employees compared to local companies.  

“When crafting a compelling Employee Value Proposition or engaging in discussions about flexible working arrangements to attract and retain valuable candidates, it's vital to consider factors beyond just offering flexible working options. Supportive managers and career growth potential are also important for candidates in Singapore who seek connections they can trust and opportunities for career development,” said John Borneman, Regional Director, Hays Singapore. 

This press release was adapted from a Hays blog - 7 Trends Employees and Employers in Singapore Should Know in 2024. 



For more information contact:
Hays Singapore Marketing Team
E: marketing@hays.com.sg

About Hays Singapore 

Hays Specialist Recruitment Pte Ltd, Singapore ("Hays Singapore") is one of Singapore's leading recruitment companies in recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people across a wide range of industries and professions. 

Hays has been in Singapore for over a decade and boasts a track record of success and growth. We operate across the private and public sector, dealing in permanent, temporary and contracting positions in more than 15 different specialisms, including Accountancy & Finance, Banking & Financial Services, Engineering, Human Resources, Legal, Life Sciences, Marketing & Digital, Office Professionals, Procurement, Supply Chain, Sales and Technology. Hays Singapore was named the “Best Small Workplace” in Singapore in 2019 and 2018 and was ranked fourth “Best Multinational Workplace” in Asia 2020 by Great Place to Work. 

About Hays  

Hays plc (the "Group") is the world’s leading specialist in workforce solutions and recruitment, such as RPO and MSP. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional, and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK, Germany, and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As of 30 June 2023, the Group employed over 13,000 staff operating from 252 offices in 33 countries. For the year ended 30 June 2023: 

– the Group reported net fees of £1,294.6 million and operating profit of £197.0 million; 

– the Group placed around 76,800 candidates into permanent jobs and around 245,000 people into temporary roles; 

– 15% of Group net fees were generated in Australia & New Zealand, 30% in Germany, 21% in United Kingdom & Ireland and 34% in Rest of World (RoW); 

– the temporary placement business represented 57% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 43% of net fees; 

– Technology is the Group’s largest division, with 26% of net fees, while Accountancy & Finance (15%) and Engineering (10%), are the next largest 

– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, the UK, and the USA