In view of the unprecedented economic crisis brought about by Covid-19, the Public Service Division (PSD), in consultation with the public sector unions, has decided that all civil servants in Singapore will not receive any mid-year Annual Variable Component (AVC).
Public officers in superscale grades will also take one-time salary cuts of either half or one month, with those in higher grades taking a bigger cut.
The PSD in a statement said, these measures take into consideration the recommendations of the National Wages Council (NWC) release in March this year, which called on employers and employees to do their part, with management taking the lead, in helping to reduce costs and save jobs.
“The Government appreciates the hard work and sacrifices of public officers in the fight against Covid-19, including those working on the frontline and behind the scenes. Many have gone beyond their call of duty to take on additional or expanded roles to support our workers, businesses, and fellow Singaporeans in weathering the economic uncertainties and adjusting to the new normal.
“Government agencies will make different efforts to appreciate and recognise the good work of officers.
“The Government will continue to monitor the economic situation closely. In deciding on the year-end AVC payments later this year, the Government will take into consideration the NWC’s recommendations to give special consideration for lower-wage workers,” it said.