The Public Service Division (PSD) announced that all civil servants would receive a 1.1-month year-end bonus. Furthermore, civil servants in grades equivalent to MX15 and below will receive an additional one-time payment of S$700, said PSD in a press release on Thursday (Nov 24).
Taken together with the mid-year payments, civil servants will receive a total of 1.45 months in full-year AVC, with those in the more junior grades receiving an additional one-time payment of up to S$1,100 in 2022.
The government will also continue to pay all civil servants the Non-Pensionable Annual Allowance (NPAA) of 1 month. The Public Service has come a long way and persevered in the fight to protect Singapore and Singaporeans against Covid-19, said PSD.
“The government deeply appreciates the hard work and sacrifice of all public officers who have responded to challenges with commitment and tenacity.”
The agency noted that year-end payments took into consideration the economic outlook while recognising the hard work of public officers.
The Singapore economy expanded by 4.1 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the third quarter of 2022, easing slightly from the 4.5 per cent growth recorded in the previous quarter.
Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was sustained for the year, although the outlook for outward-oriented sectors has weakened due to the deteriorating global economic environment.
As a result, the Ministry of Trade and Industry updated the country’s GDP growth forecast to “around 3.5 per cent” for 2022, from “3.0 per cent to 5.0 per cent” announced in May and “3.0 per cent to 4.0 per cent” in August.
Meanwhile, total employment continues to expand despite a slight uptick in unemployment rates in September, as well as an increase in retrenchments over the last three months.
“In line with the National Wages Council’s recommendations to uplift the wages of lower-wage workers, the government will continue to adopt a progressive approach in determining the AVC (Annual Variable Component) for civil servants,” said PSD. /TISG