The end of the year brings about many happy things, like Christmas and year-end bonuses.
Civil servants are going to have a very merry Christmas this year, with a bonus of 1.1 months’ salary and an additional $700 payment for those in grades MX15 and below.
The Government will also continue to pay the non-pensionable annual allowance of one month, or the 13th-month bonus, to all civil servants.
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Slightly Higher Than 2021’s Bonus
The bonus, or what they term the annual variable component (AVC), is determined by the economic outlook and also the hard work of civil servants.
This year’s bonus of 1.1 month’s salary is slightly higher than last year’s AVC of one month. Taken together with mid-year payments, civil servants will receive 1.45 months in total in full-year AVC. Those in the more junior grades will be receiving a total of up to $1,100 in one-time payments.
“The Government deeply appreciates the hard work and sacrifice of all public officers who have responded to challenges with commitment and tenacity, said the Public Service Division (PSD) in the Prime Minister’s Office.
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Why Not Higher than 1.1?
PSD said on 24 November that the Ministry of Trade and Industry has updated that Singapore’s GDP growth to slow down in 2023. Our GDP growth forecast is at 3.5% for 2022.
Additionally, PSD also pointed out that our economy’s expansion in the third quarter of 2022 was 4.1%, down from the 4.5% recorded in the previous quarter.
Additionally, the global economic environment is deteriorating, along with significant downside risks. The outlook for outward-oriented sectors has also weakened.
While total employment is expanding, there was a slight increase in unemployment rates in September, as well as retrenchment.
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Calls for Private Sectors to Follow Government’s Example
The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) have responded to this year-end bonus, stating, ” We call on the private sector companies to do the same in appreciating and taking care of their employees this year-end.”
The Amalgamated Union of Public Employees (AUPE) also stated that they appreciated the Government accepting their proposal for year-end bonuses, especially the additional payments.
“The year-end AVC is a fair payment in recognition of the good work of our officers while progressive in ensuring that lower-income officers are able to cope with the effects of inflation and rising costs of living.”
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