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Workfare rewards work and encourages up-skilling by supplementing the incomes and retirement savings of older Singaporean workers earning up to $1,900 per month, and providing funding support for their training.

Workfare is a key pillar of Singapore's social security landscape.

What it comprises

Workfare is made up of:

  • Workfare Income Supplement scheme (WIS)
  • Workfare Training Support scheme (WTS)

Who it is for

Workfare is for:

  • Older lower-wage workers who work regularly, undergo training to up-skill themselves, or both
  • Employers who send their older lower-wage workers for training

For the full qualifying criteria, refer to:

How it helps

Eligible workers can receive:

  • A cash supplement to meet short-term expenditure needs
  • A CPF portion to build up retirement savings
  • Subsidies when undergoing training to up-skill and improve employability

Workfare Income Supplement

The WIS scheme was introduced in 2007 as a permanent feature of Singapore's social security system.

WIS rewards regular work and individual effort by providing cash and CPF payouts to help with expenditure needs and retirement savings of older lower-wage workers.

How it works

WIS is paid out in cash and CPF up to 4 times a year for employees. Self-employed persons are paid annually.

The WIS quantum varies depending on income and age.

For more information

To find out more:

  • Visit the Workfare website
  • Call the Workfare hotline: 1800 222 6622 (Mondays to Fridays: 8am to 6pm)

Workfare Training Support

The WTS scheme complements the WIS scheme by helping older lower-wage workers upgrade their skills through training. WTS can help these workers become more employable and give them the chance to earn more.

How it works

WTS provides the following:

  • Subsidised course fees
    • For employers: The Enhanced Grant provides a 95% course fee subsidy, as well as 95% absentee payroll funding if you send your eligible workers for training.
    • For workers: If you are a self-sponsored Singaporean who takes up training, you can enjoy a similar 95% course fee subsidy and a training allowance.
  • Training Commitment Award of up to $400 a year for WIS recipients who have completed the required training modules.
  • Customised training programmes through Workfare-Skill Up, especially for workers without a secondary education. Workers can sign up regardless of whether they are currently working.

For more information

To find out more:

  • Visit the Workfare website
  • Call the WDA hotline: 1800 536 8333 (Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am to 8pm, Saturdays: 8.30am to 1pm)
Last Updated: 26 May 2015