The Public Service Division just made a press release announcing a half-month bonus for civil servants.
Civil service employees will receive a mid-year Annual Variable Component (AVC) of half a month, and an additional payment of $220 in July 2007.
The AVC, as its name implies, is a variable salary component. It varies according to the economic conditions of Singapore, and is paid out twice every year, once in July and once in December.
The press release said:
“The economy grew by 6.1% in the first quarter of 2007, compared to 6.6% in the last quarter of 2006.”
The $220 payment is designed to help low wage workers, as it forms a bigger proportion of their pay (as opposed to it being a smaller proportion for workers with higher pay). This payment “is in line with the call by the National Wages Council for employers to help low
I note that the current mid-year AVC is exactly the same as last year’s. In fact, the press releases from both years are identical except for dates and GDP-related values: