Additional 40% Wage Subsidy For Businesses

Due to the increased rate of Covid-19 infection, dine-in will be disallowed at all food establishments. This will be in effect from 16th May 2021 till 13th June 2021. In view of the impact on F&B businesses, there will be an increment of the wage subsidy via the current Jobs Support Scheme (JSS). The wage support for salaried workers in F&B establishments will be increased from 10% to 50% during this period.

The 50% wage support for local employees is up to $4,600 gross monthly wages. Self-employed individuals who make voluntary CPF contributions for themselves and their local employees will also qualify for the support.

On top of the wage subsidy for F&B Businesses, there will also be a one-month rent waiver for F&B tenants of government agencies who do not qualify for the enhanced JSS.

For private commercial tenants, the Government urges the landlords to provide support to their tenants during this difficult period.

The basis of JSS

The JSS provides wage support to employers to help them retain their local employees during this period of economic uncertainty. JSS payouts offset local employees’ wages and help protect their jobs. Employers must act responsibly in using the payouts, taking reference from the tripartite advisory on salary and leave arrangements. Where there is evidence of irresponsible and unfair treatment, employers may be denied employment support (including JSS) and have their work pass privileges curtailed.

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