SINGAPORE — The Singapore government has decided to pay all civil servants a mid-year bonus of 0.35 month amid significant economic challenges, the Public Service Division (PSD) said on Monday (20 June).
Civil servants of certain grades will also receive a one-time payment. Those of grades equivalent to MX13(I) and MX14 will get an additional one-time payment of $200 while junior grade civil servants equivalent to MX15 and MX16, and those in OSS Grades III to V will receive a higher one-time payment of $400.
The PSD noted that Singapore’s economic recovery continued from 2021, growing 3.7 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year. Total employment continued to expand, while unemployment rates have fallen to pre-pandemic levels in February 2022. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation has stabilised along with an easing in restrictions.
“However, significant downside risks remain ahead for Singapore. The external demand outlook in 2022 has deteriorated, due in part to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has exacerbated global supply disruptions and adversely affected the growth of many economies,” said PSD.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry said Singapore’s economic growth this year is likely to be in the lower half of the 3 per cent to 5 per cent of its forecast, PSD added.
“The pandemic has underscored the importance of a strong public service and the government deeply appreciates the hard work and perseverance of all public officers who have contributed to the COVID-19 fight and Singapore’s economic recovery.”
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