The Public Service

The Singapore Public Service employs about 150,000 public officers working in 16 Ministries and more than 50 Statutory Boards. Within the Public Service is the Civil Service, comprising about 86,000 officers working in the Ministries. They work in various schemes of service, including the Administrative Service, legal, education, police, civil defence as well as other generic schemes.

Statutory boards (such as HDB, CPF Board, IRAS, etc) have their own recruitment and human resource management policies. They are legally distinct and independent employers from the Civil Service.

Find out more about the different sectors of the Public Service.


The Singapore Public Service has played a key role in Singapore’s nation-building journey to overcome challenges and make Singapore a better home for all Singaporeans. In a fast-changing world with new technologies and diversity of views, our work is increasingly more complex and multi-faceted.

We are a purpose-driven Public Service that delivers, providing our officers meaningful careers with many experiences. We are continuously reviewing and improving the way we work: effectively working with, and not just working for citizens and stakeholders to co-create solutions. To achieve this, our public officers are developing new capabilities and transforming the culture of work.

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