Well, if you are, then here’s some news to keep you slightly happy for a while. There will be a 1/2 month bonus (which I thought was somewhat like a mid-year AWS) and a one-off bonus of $100 for division 1 and 2 officers and $250 and $300 for division 3 and 4 officers respectively. This is supposedly in like with the National Wage Council’s recommendation.

SOME 60,000 civil servants in Singapore will get a half-month mid-year bonus in July and an inflation bonus of between $100 and $300.

Officers in the lower divisions – Division III and IV – will receive $250 and $300 respectively, while those in Division I and II will get $100.

The additional payment is in line with the National Wages Council’s recommendation this month for a one-off special payment, with a larger amount going to low-wage workers, to help them cope with the rising cost of living.

NTUC deputy secretary-general Halimah Yacob hopes the private sector will make a similar one-off payment to lower-paid workers.

And here’s more news. Something is better than nothing, right? =)

SINGAPORE’S 60,000 civil servants will receive a one-off ‘inflation bonus’ along with a mid-year payout of a half-month’s salary come July.

This one-off special payment ranges from $100 to $300, with officers in lower divisions getting more.

That is in line with the National Wages Council’s call two weeks ago for such a payment to help rank-and-file workers – particularly the low-wage workers – better cope with the impact of inflation.

This tiered amount is a departure from previous years when the amount given to officers was similar across the board.

Last year, for example, all civil servants received a one-off payment of $220 in addition to their mid-year bonus of half-a-month’s salary.

As has been the case in the past, yesterday’s announcement by the Government – Singapore’s largest employer – will likely serve as a guide for the private sector.

The bonus comes against the backdrop of an economy that grew 6.7 per cent in the first three months of the year.

This is up from the 5.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2007, the Public Service Division said.

It also noted that the Trade and Industry Ministry expects the Singapore economy to grow by 4 per cent to 6 per cent for the whole year.

What is different this year is that the one-off payment will vary.

Officers in the lower divisions – III and IV – will receive $250 and $300 respectively.

These are civil servants with educational qualifications of O levels and below.

Division I officers, who are graduates, and Division II officers – those who are diploma and A level holders – will get $100.

This was met with approval from the labour movement.

Mr G Muthukumarasamy, general secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers, said it ‘means a lot’ for his union members:

‘This sum will go a long way to help them offset some of their living expenses.’

NTUC deputy secretary-general Halimah Yacob hopes the private sector will take the cue ‘and pay particular attention to lower-wage workers by extending a special one-off payment to offset the rising cost of living and inflation’.

The Government said it will decide on the year-end bonus for civil servants when Singapore’s economic performance in the second half of this year is clearer. Last year, it gave out a year-end bonus of two months.


Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 29th May 2008

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