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    Jun 15, 2016

    Civil servants get lower mid-year bonus

    THE mid-year bonus for all 84,000 civil servants will be lower this year compared to the last two years because of the slowing down of the Singapore economy.

    They will receive a bonus of 0.45 month against 0.5 month previously.

    Similarly, the additional built-in pay hike for lower-wage workers will be smaller than the sum recommended by the National Wages Council (NWC).

    About 1,500 of these workers will get $20 to $25 more a month, on top of their annual pay increment for the year.

    The NWC had called for an increase of $50 to $65 for low-wage workers earning a basic salary of up to $1,100 a month.

    The Public Service Division (PSD), in acknowledging this, said all civil servants already earn more than $1,100.

    Its statement yesterday also said that the lower payments and pay rise - which will take effect from next month - stem from the slowing down of the Singapore economy.

    It grew by 1.8 per cent in the first quarter of this year and is forecast to grow by 1 to 3 per cent for the full year, amid a weaker global economic outlook.

    Labour demand is expected to be uneven across sectors this year.

    While the unemployment rate has remained low, employment growth has slowed and redundancies are expected in some sectors as the economy restructures, said the PSD statement.

    Unionists said the pay hikes are fair.

    "Considering the slowdown in our economic growth, the payment fairly rewards civil servants for their dedication and contributions," said National Trades Union Congress assistant secretary-general Cham Hui Fong.

    Those who will benefit from the wage increases are Grade IV and Grade V officers in the Operations Support Scheme.

    They perform administrative support duties, like office maintenance.

    About 900 Grade IV officers, with a monthly salary of between $1,446 and $1,843 will get a built-in wage increase of $20.

    Grade V officers under the same scheme will get a $25 raise. There are about 600 of them and they earn between $1,205 and $1,536 a month.

    The PSD said year-end bonuses for civil servants will be decided after taking into consideration Singapore's economic performance in the second half of the year.

    Said Yeo Chun Fing, general secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Employees: "We hope that if the economy recovers, the Government will duly reward our civil servants."