$660m in payouts for employers by end of March

More than 85,000 employers will receive a total of about $660 million in Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) payouts by the end of this month, the Finance Ministry announced in a press statement yesterday.

Small and medium-sized enterprises will get the bulk of the money disbursed, receiving around 70 per cent of it.

Eligible employers will get letters from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) by March 31 informing them of the total payout they will be getting.

Employers can check their eligibility at the Iras website. The payout will be credited directly into the employers' Giro bank account used for income tax and GST purposes, or issued as cheques.

The WCS, introduced in 2013, is intended to help businesses cope with rising wage costs so that they can free up resources to invest in productivity, and share their productivity gains with employees.

Under the extended WCS, the Government co-funds 20 per cent of wage increases given to Singaporean employees earning a gross monthly wage of $4,000 and below, over 2015 to 2017.

Lester Wong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2017, with the headline '$660m in payouts for employers by end of March'. Print Edition | Subscribe