MORE employers here are going beyond statutory requirements to provide family-friendly benefits for their staff, a survey by the Ministry of Manpower found.

The survey covered 3,500 establishments in both the private and public sectors. Some 41 per cent of employers surveyed this year offered at least one form of work-life arrangement to employees, including part-time working, flexi-time and staggered hours. Roughly 41 per cent of full-time employees were entitled to at least 15 days of paid leave.

While 71 per cent of management and executives were entitled to 15 days' paid leave, only 22 per cent of rank-and-file employees were entitled to the same privilege.

Employers are also doing more to help employees cope with their family commitments. Compassionate leave topped the list, with 89 per cent of employers giving them, while 73 per cent gave marriage leave. Other types of leave granted included paternity leave (53 per cent), study/examination leave (36 per cent) and parental care leave (16 per cent).

Some 44 per cent of full-time employees worked five days a week, 18 per cent worked 6 days a day, and 14 per cent worked 5.5 days a week.

Absenteeism due to sickness was broadly stable over the years. Last year, 58 per cent of employees took outpatient sick leave, while 4.2 per cent took hospitalisation leave. The average duration of sick leave last year was 4.7 days.

Said Narihiko Uemura, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific's managing director: "We believe in long-term development of our employees. We do not practise conservative management and long working hours in our Singapore office. Instead, we have various flexible working practices, including working from home and flexi-time."