Singapore civil servants to get one month's year-end bonus as economy improves

Civil servants will receive a year-end Annual Variable Component (AVC) of one month this year, influenced by improvements in Singapore's economy.

The economy grew 5.2 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the third quarter of this year, higher than the 2.9 per cent growth in the previous quarter.

Taking into account the global and domestic economic environment, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has forecast that the economy will grow by 3 per cent to 3.5 per cent for the whole of 2017, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office on Monday.

In addition, lower-wage civil servants will get a minimum year-end AVC of $1,800, and this is expected to benefit some 1,490 civil servants.

In an example given by PMO, an officer earning a monthly salary of $1,500 will get a year-end AVC of $1,800.

Together with the mid-year AVC of 0.5 month in July 2017, civil servants will receive a full-year AVC of 1.5 month in 2017.

According to the statement, the AVC payment is in line with the more optimistic economic outlook for 2017 compared with 2016.

"The payment (including the minimum payment) was decided in consultation with the public sector unions," it added.

All civil servants will also get the Non-Pensionable Annual Allowance (NPAA) of 1 month, to be paid in December together with the AVC.