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Written Answer by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower, to PQ on data on Private Sector Bonuses & their correclation with Civil Service Bonuses

NOTICE PAPER NO. 1938 OF 2019 FOR THE SITTING ON 6 JANUARY 2020
QUESTION NO. 1546 FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

MP: Mr Leon Perera

To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) whether the Ministry keeps track of private sector bonuses given out each year; and (b) whether the Ministry has discerned any pattern whereby private sector bonuses tend to be causally correlated with civil service bonuses.

Answer

  1. The Ministry of Manpower conducts annual surveys on wage practices, and publishes the data in our annual Report on Wage Practices. The report includes data on the quantum of the annual variable component (AVC) – in other words, the bonuses – given by private establishments.

  2. As we reported in the 2018 Report, the performance of establishments and individuals were employers’ main considerations when determining bonuses. These factors are not affected by civil service bonuses.