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Job Support Scheme in Singapore 2020

The Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) was introduced in the Singapore Budget 2020. However, due to the current severe Covid-19 situation, it has been significantly enhanced by the Government in order to maximize the support for Singapore businesses.

1. Overview of the Jobs Support Scheme in Singapore

The JSS was previously introduced as a temporary scheme in 2020. Its first idea was the Government would cover 8% of the gross monthly wages given to local staff in the last 3 months of 2019.

However, the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic is getting worse has driven enhancements to be made to such scheme. So, after the Resilience Budget, Solidarity Budget and Fortitude Budget, under the Jobs Support Scheme, the Government has announced to co-fund the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages paid to each local employee for 10 months.

Now, there are 3 different co-funding rates for 3 different tiers of sectors, instead of the overall 8% rate. See the table below for details:

Tier Co-funding rate Sectors

Tier 1

 

 

75%

 

 

Aviation and Aerospace 

Tourism, Hospitality, Conventions and Exhibitions

Built Environment (only for June to August 2020 wages)

Tier 2

 

 

 

 

50%

 

 

 

 

Food Services

Retail

Arts and Entertainment

Land Transport

Marine and Offshore

Tier 3

25%

Other Sectors

In addition, the government has also announced to pay 75% on the first $4,600 of monthly wages paid in April and May 2020 for each local worker in employment in all sectors.

In addition, in the Fortitude Budget, it is stated that employers of businesses that are not able to resume their operations will continue to receive 75% wage support until August 2020 or until they re-open their businesses, whichever happens first. Employers of businesses that can resume operations will revert to receiving their base tier of support described in the table above.

2. How Does The Jobs Support Scheme Work?

Employers will receive 4 payouts: 3 main payouts in April, July and October 2020 and 1 additional payout in May 2020.

In order to provide early cash-flow support for companies during this rough time, the support for wages paid in April and May 2020 will be given in advanced to the April and May payouts respectively:

  • These given advances will first be calculated based on October-2019 wage (received in the April payout) and November-2019 wage (received in the May payout).
  • Then, the July 2020 and October 2020 payouts will be adjusted to account for actual wages paid in April and May 2020 and the advances given.

See the tables below for better understanding. Table 1 demonstrates which payout covers which monthly wage(s):

Payout Payment Month Monthly Wage Cover Gross wages used to calculate payout includes employee CPF contribution paid by
Payout 1

April 2020

 

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

April 2020 (computed base on October 2019)

14 February 2020
Additional Payout May 2020 May 2020 (computed based on November 2019) 14 February 2020 
Payout 2 July 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020 (adjusted for payout given in advance in April-2020 payout)

31 May 2020
Payout 3 October 2020

May 2020 (adjusted for payout given in advance in May-2020 payout)

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

14 September 2020

Table 2 illustrates in detail how each payout is calculated with the application of rates:

Payout (in 2020) Payout Computation
Capped at first $4,600 of gross monthly wages
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Payout 1 (April)

+ 75% Oct 2019 wages

+ 75% Nov 2019 wages

+ 75% Dec 2019 wages

+ 75% Oct 2019 wages

+ 50% Nov 2019 wages

+ 50% Dec 2019 wages

+ 75% Oct 2019 wages

+ 25% Nov 2019 wages

+ 25% Dec 2019 wages

Additional Payout (May) + 75% of Nov 2019 wages + 75% of Nov 2019 wages + 75% of Nov 2019 wages
Payout 2 (July)

+ 75% Feb 2020 wages

+ 75% Mar 2020 wages

+ 75% Apr 2020 wages

+ 50% Feb 2020 wages

+ 50% Mar 2020 wages
+ (75% Apr 2020 wages
– 25% Oct 2019 wages)

+ 25% Feb 2020 wages

+ 25% Mar 2020 wages
+ (75% Apr 2020 wages
– 50% Oct 2019 wages)

Payout 3 (October)

+ (75% May 2020 wages
– 75% Nov 2019 wages)

+ 75% Jun 2020 wages

+ 75% Jul 2020 wages 

+75% August 2020 wages

+ (75% May 2020 wages
– 75% Nov 2019 wages)

+ 50% Jun 2020 wages
+ 50% Jul 2020 wages

+50% August 2020 wages

+ (75% May 2020 wages
– 75% Nov 2019 wages)

+ 25% Jun 2020 wages
+ 25% Jul 2020 wages

+25% August 2020 wages

Any negative amount for a single employee will be offset from the subsequent payout, otherwise it will be offset from the overall JSS payout for the employer.

3. Who Is Eligible For The Jobs Support Scheme in Singapore?

This is the scheme to support employers in Singapore who have made CPF contributions for employees who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents.

The JSS is also extended to cover wages of employees who are shareholders and directors of a company only if:

  • That company is registered on or before 20 April 2020; and
  • Their Assessable Income for Year of Assessment 2019 is $100,000 or less.

Employers from the following entities are excluded from the Jobs Support Scheme:

  • Local Government Agencies;
  • Government-related schools;
  • Grassroots Units and People’s Association Services;
  • High Commissions, Embassies, Trade Offices, Consulate;
  • Unregistered Local/Foreign Entities;
  • Foreign Military Units;
  • Representative offices of Foreign companies, Foreign Government Agencies, Foreign Trade Associations/ Foreign Chambers/ Foreign Non-profit Organisations/Foreign Law Practices;
  • Bank Representative Offices/Insurance Representative Officers/Other Financial Representative Offices (registered with MAS); News Bureaus (which are representative offices);
  • International Organisations.
  • Entities which pay CPF but are not registered in Singapore

4. How to Apply for Jobs Support Scheme in Singapore?

Fortunately, if you are an eligible employer, you do not need to apply. IRAS will automatically notify the JSS payout to you.

To check whether you are in tier 1 or tier 2, check it here.

5. Key Takeaways

  • The Jobs Support Scheme has been enhanced to cover monthly wages over 10 months (capped at $4,600/month) paid to local employees with co-funding rate:
    • 75% for Sector tier 1
    • 50% for Sector tier 2
    • 25 for all other sectors (Sector tier 3)
  • Employers of businesses that are not able to resume their operations will continue to receive 75% wage support until August 2020 or until they re-open their businesses, whichever happens first
  • Co-funding rate for monthly wages paid in April and May 2020 is 75%
  • 3 main payouts are in April, July, October 2020 and 1 additional payout is in May 2020
  • Wages paid to employees who are shareholders/directors are now eligible
  • No application needed

6. NEW UPDATE: EXTENSION TO MARCH 2021

As announced on 17 Aug 2020 in the Ministerial Statement on Continued Support for Workers and Jobs, the JSS will be extended to March 2021. It means that the scheme will continue to cover the wages paid to local workers for 7 more months (Sep 2020 to Mar 2021).

However, the support for different tiers of sectors will be quite lower. Specifically:

Tiers of sectors Support level

Tier 1

Aerospace

50%

Aviation

Tourism

Built environment

50% for Sep and Oct

30% from Nov to Mar 2021

Tier 2

Art & entertainment

30%

Food services

Land transport

Marine & offshore

Retail

Tier 3A

All other sectors excluding those in tier 3B

10%

Tier 3B

Biomedical sciences, precision engineering, electronics, financial services, information and communications technology, media, postal and courier, online retail, and supermarkets and convenience stores

10% from Sep to Dec 2020

0% from Jan to Mar 2021

The supporting amount will be received in the 4th and 5th payouts in March 2021 and Jun 2021 respectively:

Payout Payment month Monthly wage cover Gross wages used to calculate payout paid by

Payout 4

Mar 2021

Sep to Dec 2020

14 Jan 2021

Payout 5

Jun 2021

Jan to Mar 2021

14 Apr 2021

A reminder: Employers do not need to apply for the JSS. The grant will be calculated and based on their CPF contribution data.The supporting amount will be received in the 4th and 5th payouts in March 2021 and Jun 2021 respectively:

Should you want to know more about hiring in Singapore, go and see our blogs. Or should you want to know what other changes mentioned in the Singapore Budget 2020, see our Overview of Singapore Budget 2020 for Businesses.

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