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Enabling our workers

Our local workers form the backbone of our workforce. We need to ensure that our workers upskill, get good jobs and are provided with fair opportunities.

Enabling our workers

This year, we will continue to support these endeavours through the enhancement of support programmes and schemes that will benefit them.

Safeguarding employability

We want to safeguard the employability of our workers, keeping them in good jobs and providing them with better opportunities in growth areas, and continue to support those who want to return to the workforce.

SGUnited Jobs and Skills PackageShow

$5.4 billion more to extend and enhance the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.

Jobs Growth IncentiveShow

Jobs Growth Incentive extended till September 2021:

  • Enhanced support for employers who hire mature local workers (aged 40 and above), persons with disabilities and ex-offenders – 50% of the first $6,000 (previously $5,000) of gross monthly income for up to 18 months (previously 12 months)*.

* Eligible employers who hired these workers from September 2020 to February 2021 will benefit from enhanced support from March 2021 onwards.

More details can be found on IRAS’s website.

Infographic on the enhancements to the JGI

More support for mature jobseekers and fresh graduatesShow

SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways extended till March 2022:

  • Increased maximum training allowance from $3,000 to $3,800 for mature workers, with Government co-funding also increased from 80% to 90%.

SGUnited Traineeships extended till March 2022:

  • Increased maximum monthly training allowance for ITE graduates from $1,500 to $1,800.
  • Increased maximum monthly training allowance for diploma holders from $1,800 to $2,100.
  • Maximum monthly training allowance of $2,500 for degree holders.

More details can be found on WSG’s website for SGUP-CA (Individuals) and SGUP-CA (Host Organisation).

Read the Factsheet on SGUnited Traineeships Programmes.

Continuing support for senior workersShow

  • $230 million more to promote early adoption of higher retirement & re-employment age, and more opportunities for part-time re-employment.
  • $80 million to help employers pay senior workers higher CPF contributions.

For more info, read:

Championing inclusivity and mobility

We continue to champion inclusivity and mobility in our workforce. The Government is committed to leading efforts to uplift lower-wage workers, self-employed persons (SEPs) and persons with disabilities (PwDs).

Uplifting our lower-wage workersShow

  • Widen coverage of Progressive Wage Model (PWM):
    • Expand PWM to food services, retail and waste management – benefits up to 80,000 workers.
    • Extend PWM to in-house cleaners, security officers and landscape maintenance workers – benefits up to 50,000 workers.
  • Work with community through an Alliance for Action for lower-wage workers, to improve lower-wage workers’ well-being.

View the infographics on support for lower-wage workers.

Read the Factsheet on Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers.

Supporting employment of persons with disabilitiesShow

More help for persons with disabilities (PwDs):

  • Enabling Employment Credit implemented from 1 January 2021 provides employers with wage offsets of up to 30%.
  • Open Door Programme continues to support employability of PwDs.

View the infographic on Enabling Employment Credit.

Strengthening support for self-employed personsShow

More help for self-employed persons:

  • SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package to support transition to regular employment.
  • Matched MediSave Contribution Scheme extended till 31 December 2021.
  • For an overview of MOM’s announcements at the Committee of Supply debates, download our Budget Highlights 2021 brochure.
  • Stay updated with the latest MOM-related news and announcements here, as well as our official MOM Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

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