Civil Service Bonus

The Public Service Division (PSD) has decided on this year's Civil Service bonus. 

It said civil servants will be getting a one-month annual variable bonus for this year-end. 

This is on top of their annual 13th month allowance. 

Civil servants received a half month's bonus plus $300 in July this year. 

So, in total, it works out to 2.5 months plus $300 for the year. 

Based on Singapore's strong economic performance this year, there will also be a special variable bonus of between 1 and 1.6 months for civil servants who have performed well. 

This will be paid out in March next year. 

Poor performers will not be given the special variable bonus. 

PSD said despite the strong economic recovery this year, with the Trade and Industry Ministry forecasting growth of around 15%, the Government has decided to again defer the salary adjustments for Administrative Officers, Political, Judicial and Statutory Appointment Holders. 

This is in view of the reduction in the private sector benchmarks this year. 

PSD said the Government will monitor the economic growth and movement of the benchmarks before making any subsequent decision on when to implement the salary adjustment. 

The third and last phase of the salary adjustments was due in January 2009, but has been deferred twice since then.

Commenting on the year-end payment, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Civil Service, Teo Chee Hean, said civil servants accepted a wage reduction during the difficult economic times and worked hard to help turn the economy around quickly. 

The year-end payment and Special Variable Payment to be paid in March next year recognise the contribution of civil servants in helping Singapore recover from one of its worst recessions. 

Mr Teo said to ensure that Singapore can continue to grow, we will have to work even harder to raise productivity and find new ways of expanding the economy.