Companies can apply for grants and incentives to implement flexible work arrangements (FWAs) such as flexi-load, flexi-place and flexi-time.
What is it
The Work-Life Grant aims to incentivise companies to sustain the use of flexible work arrangements (FWAs) for all employees, to create work-life harmony at the workplace.
The Work-Life Grant comprises 2 components:
- FWA Incentive
Incentivise companies to sustain implementation of FWAs for their local employees.
- Job Sharing Incentive
Incentivise employers to implement job sharing for employees at PMET-level with gross monthly salary of at least $3,600, before job sharing arrangement.
You can tap on one or both components.
Types of FWAs
The FWAs recognised for this grant include flexi-load, flexi-place and flexi-time. Other FWAs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Employees using the FWAs must be working on a regular basis, i.e. not ad-hoc or casual employees.
The FWA Incentive encourages you to support employees who adopt FWAs.
Up to $70,000 per company over 2 years.
$2,000 per local employee per year, who is a regular user of FWAs.
The incentive should be used to nurture and further workplace cultures that support better work-life harmony. In particular, to put in place FWA measures (e.g. telecommuting, staggered hours, part time, job sharing).
To receive subsequent tranches of payouts, your company needs to sustain the work-life practices at your workplace.
To be eligible:
- Employee must be a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Employee must be on a permanent contract or a minimum employment contract term of 12 months.
- Company cannot claim for casual or temporary employees.
- Company must adopt the Tripartite Standard on FWAs at point of claim.
- Company must commit to employees that they will agree to their requests for FWAs when it is reasonably practicable to do so.
Support during COVID-19
To support companies offering work-from-home and staggered hours arrangements during COVID-19, companies can apply for expedited support under the enhanced WLG.
Under the enhanced WLG, an employee must work from home daily for at least 1 month. If working from home is not possible, the employee can adopt staggered hours.
This is valid only when companies are not required to offer work-from-home or staggered hours arrangements, e.g. after Circuit Breaker period. This is to ensure companies sustain their FWA practices for at least 1 month after Circuit Breaker period.
When to apply
You can apply for the enhanced WLG from 20 April 2020.
We have received a large number of applications for WLG. We ask for your patience as your applications are processed.
Priority will be given to applications with complete set of documents on a first come first basis. Approvals are subject to the availability of funds allocated to the WLG scheme.
Submission of an application does not guarantee approval.
Job Sharing Incentive
The Job Sharing Incentive encourages you to support PMET-level employees who adopt job sharing arrangements.
||Up to $35,000 per company over 2 years.
||$3,500 per local, full-time PMET employee per year, who is a regular user of job sharing.
- Companies are required to adopt the Tripartite Standard on FWAs at point of claim, as part of the Work-Life Grant to better attract and retain talent and improve the productivity of their workforce.
- Companies are eligible to receive the Job Sharing Incentive of $3,500 per local PMET employee (Singapore citizen or PR) who is a regular user, per year for two consecutive years, capped at $35,000 per company.
- Companies can only claim for full-time PMET employees on permanent or a minimum employment contract term of 12 months, in a job paying a gross monthly salary of at least $3,600, before the job sharing arrangement.
- Companies must have put in place a formal arrangement to redistribute workload amongst the employees and remunerate accordingly. The employees taking on the redistributed work can be existing employees or new hires with a minimum employment contract term of 12 months.
How to apply
SNEF, NTUC’s e2i and Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) are the only official Programme Partners for Work-Life Grant.
If you’re interested, you must apply directly to SNEF, NTUC’s e2i or SMF. Application is free.
Third party applications through consultants or vendors will not be accepted. MOM, WSG, SNEF, NTUC’s e2i or SMF do not endorse any consultants or vendors and their services and products.
Find out more
More information on the enhanced Work-Life Grant: