CIVIL servants will each get a $500 one-off payment to mark Singapore's 50th birthday this year, the Public Service Division (PSD) said yesterday.
They will receive this special payment on top of their mid-year bonus, which will amount to half a month's pay this year - the same amount that all 82,000 civil servants received last year.
PSD said the mid-year bonus was decided on against a backdrop of slightly better economic growth so far this year.
The economy grew 2.6 per cent in the first quarter of the year over the previous year, up from 2.1 per cent in the preceding quarter, it said. For the whole year, the Singapore economy is expected to grow between 2 and 4 per cent, amid "marginally better" global economic growth this year, compared with last year.
About 2,500 lower-wage Division IV civil servants will also get a wage increase of $30 a month, over and above their annual increment this year, PSD added.
Division IV officers earn between $1,416 and $1,813 a month.
The payments, to be made next month, were decided on after "close consultation with the public sector unions", PSD said.
In response, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said in a statement that it was "heartened" that PSD had accepted its call for a special SG50 bonus payment.
NTUC had urged firms last month to show employees special recognition, whether in cash or kind, to celebrate Singapore's 50 years of independence.
Leaders of civil service unions also welcomed PSD's various payments.
The Amalgamated Union of Public Employees' general secretary Yeo Chun Fing said his organisation was "pleased that the PSD continues to recognise the good work and dedication of public employees with a fair mid-year payment".
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