Job Support Scheme (JSS)

The Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) was announced at Budget 2020, and further enhanced at the Resilience, Solidarity and Fortitude Budgets. The JSS will provide wage support to employers, helping enterprises retain their local employees (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) during this period of economic uncertainty. JSS payouts are intended to offset and protect local employees’ wages. Employers must act responsibly and fairly, taking reference from the tripartite advisory on salary and leave arrangements during the circuit breaker period. Where there is evidence of irresponsible and unfair treatment, employers may be denied employment support (including JSS) and have their work pass privileges curtailed.

Funding

Under the JSS, the Government will co-fund between 25% to 75% of the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages paid to each local employee in a ten-month period through cash subsidies. Employers need not apply for the scheme, as the cash grant will be automatically computed based on mandatory CPF contribution data.

Employers will receive three main JSS payouts in Apr, Jul and Oct 2020, with an additional special payout in May 2020. The level of support each employer will receive depends on the sector in which the employer operates.

Top-up of support to 75% for all firms in May 2020 during circuit breaker.

To support firms during the circuit breaker period, wage support for the months of Apr and May 2020 will be topped-up to 75% for all firms, regardless of sector.

Eligibility

If you are not eligible for Tier 1 or 2 of the JSS but are part of the relevant sectors in those tiers, please submit an appeal using these forms.

a. Aviation sector

b. Aerospace sector

c. Licensed hotels

d. Licensed travel agents

e. Gated tourist attractions

f. Cruise lines

g. Built Environment

h. Purpose-built Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions venue operators

i. Licensed food shops and food stalls (including hawker stalls)

j. Retail

k. Arts and Culture

l. Private Bus and Limousine Operators

m. Marine and Offshore

n. All other sectors

How is each payout computed?

Under the JSS, the Government co-funds 25% to 75% of the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages1 paid to each local employee in a 10-month period (up to Aug 2020) and 10% to 50% of the same in the subsequent 7-month period (Sep 2020 to Mar 2021). The base tier of support each employer will receive depends on the sector in which the employer operates.

On top of the base tier of support, the following additional support had been introduced:

1. Top-up of support to 75% for all firms in May 2020 during circuit breaker

To support firms during the circuit breaker period, wage support for the months of Apr and May 2020 were topped-up to 75% for all firms, regardless of sector.

2. JSS support for phased reopening post-circuit breaker

As circuit breaker measures are gradually eased, employers whose firms are not listed in the List of Permitted Services and therefore not yet allowed to resume operations will continue to receive 75% wage support. This will continue throughout the period for which they are not allowed to resume operations, or until Aug 2020, whichever is earlier. Thereafter, employers whose firms continue to not be allowed to resume operations will receive 50% wage support throughout the period that they are not allowed to resume operations, or until Mar 2021, whichever is earlier.

Employers allowed to resume operations will revert to receiving their base tier of support. Pro-ration will be applied if operations resume in the middle of the month, i.e., an employer that resumes operations on 5 Jul 2020 will continue to receive 75% wage support for the first 4 days of Jul, and its base tier of support thereafter.

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