SINGAPORE - Civil servants will each get a $500 one-off payment to mark Singapore's 50th birthday this year, the Public Service Division (PSD) said on Wednesday.
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.
The 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, the PSD added.
Division IV officers earn between $1,416 and $1,813 a month.
These payments, which will be made in July, were decided on after "close consultation with the public sector unions", the PSD said.
In response, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said in a media statement that it was "heartened" that the PSD had accepted its call for a special SG50 bonus payment.
The NTUC had urged companies in May 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 the 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".
Agreeing, the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers' general secretary G. Muthukumarasamy said: "The bonus and built-in wages will help our lower-wage workers and their families alleviate their daily expenses and help cope with rising cost of living."