SINGAPORE - About 2,000 lower-wage civil servants will receive an early Christmas present in their December salary slip: a guaranteed year-end bonus of at least $1,000.
This works out to more than the 0.7-month bonus announced yesterday for the Civil Service's 77,000 officers.
This is in addition to the non-pensionable annual allowance - more commonly known as the 13th month payment - of one month's salary.
In a statement yesterday, the Public Service Division (PSD) of the Prime Minister's Office said that the bonus amount was calculated in consultation with the unions.
The move to help those at the lower end of the salary scale also signalled the government's "continued commitment" to do more for this group, said PSD.
The 2,000 officers eligible for the guaranteed $1,000 bonus are those currently earning less than $1,430 a month, PSD explained.
For example, an officer drawing a monthly salary of $1,200 will get a year-end bonus of $1,000, instead of $840 based on 0.7-month of his salary.
About 96 per cent of the 2,000 officers are in the Division 4 rank of the Civil Service.
These are typically clerical or operations support staff.
This is the second time this year that the government has targeted those in the lower ranks when announcing its usual bonuses.
In June, some 9,500 lower-wage civil servants - those in Divisions 3 and 4 - received an $80-90 monthly pay rise inclusive of their usual increments.
National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) assistant secretary-general Cham Hui Fong said that the labour movement was "happy" with this latest announcement to give low-wage civil servants a minimum year-end bonus of $1,000.