The Workfare Income Supplement Scheme was introduced to help lower-wage workers seek employment and stay employed.

All Singapore Citizens who are 35 years old and above in December of the workyear are eligible, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • worked at least 2 months in a 3-month period;
  • earned a gross monthly salary (basic + overtime + bonuses etc) of not more than $1,700 for the period worked; and
  • stay in a property with a value not exceeding $13,000 as assessed at 31 Dec of the previous work year.

The WIS will be enhanced wef 1 Jan 2013 as follows:

  • income cap has been raised to $1,900 per month;
  • maximum WIS payout to employees is increased by up to $700, with more going to workers aged 45 years and above;
  • employees will now recieve 40% of WIS in cash (up from 29%) and the remainder in CPF contributions; and
  • more of the WIS paid to CPF accounts will be channelled to Medisave and Special accounts.

Additionally, to ensure that the WIS is focussed on low-income households, two additional criteria have been introduced:

  • the individual must not own two or more properties; and
  • the annual assessable income of his spouse does not exceed $70,000


Information is correct at time of publication.

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