150,000 employers to get $3b in jobs support payouts

Wage subsidies to be given from March 30 will benefit over 2 million local employees

From Tuesday, more than 150,000 employers will receive payouts of more than $3 billion under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS). The payment will benefit over two million local employees.

Employers who have made mandatory Central Provident Fund contributions for their local employees for the months of September to December by the stipulated deadlines will qualify to receive the payout, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) said in a joint statement yesterday.

With this payout, over $24.5 billion in JSS support would have been disbursed since the scheme was introduced in the Unity Budget in February last year.

For the upcoming payout, employers will receive up to 50 per cent support for the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages paid from September to December last year.

Employers in the hardest-hit aviation, aerospace and tourism sectors will get 50 per cent support, while those in food services, retail, arts and entertainment, land transport, and marine and offshore will get 30 per cent.

Employers in the built environment sector will get 50 per cent support for wages paid in September and October last year, and 30 per cent for November and December's wages.

Employers in all other sectors will get 10 per cent support.

"As the economy reopens in phases after the circuit breaker, firms that are not allowed to resume on-site operations will continue to receive 50 per cent support until they are allowed to do so, or until March 2021, whichever is earlier," said MOF and Iras.

Eligible employers will be notified by post of their payout amount later this month. They can also log in to myTax Portal to view the electronic copy of the letter.

Those with PayNow Corporate or Giro arrangements with Iras can expect to receive the JSS payouts from March 30, while other employers will receive their cheques from April 5.

MOF and Iras added that the March payouts for some 5,500 employers will be delayed to the end of next month, pending a check by the Ministry of Trade and Industry on firms' reopening dates used to compute JSS payouts.

All affected employers will be notified via letters and e-mails. They can also check for updates at go.gov.sg/JSSreopeningdate. More information will be provided after the check is completed.

Support under the JSS, which was introduced last year to protect jobs and help firms retain local workers, has tapered off for sectors which are recovering well, while those that are harder hit have received more help.

As announced in the Budget statement on Feb 16, the scheme will be extended by up to six months for firms in sectors that continue to be hard hit, covering wages paid up to September. With this extension, these businesses will receive wage support for up to 23 months.

More information on the scheme can be found at go.gov.sg/jss

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2021, with the headline 150,000 employers to get $3b in jobs support payouts. Subscribe