Ministers’ Bonuses Averaged 4.1 Months In 2017, Called A “5-Year Low”

Ministers’ Average Performance Bonus In 2017

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared a written reply to Workers’ Party’s Mr Leon Perera about ministerial bonuses on Monday (10 Sep).

He clarified that the average performance bonus of political office-holders was 4.1 months in 2017 — the lowest it’s been in 5 years.

Bonuses range from 3-6 months since 2013

To put this into context, ministers from all pay grades received a range from 3-6 months’ performance bonus from 2013 to 2017.

Here are the average actual bonuses received:

  • 2013 – 4.3 months
  • 2014 – 4.2 months
  • 2015 – 4.4 months
  • 2016 – 4.3 months
  • 2017 – 4.1 months

What do ministers earn in total?

We’ve previously compiled how every minister’s pay is calculated here:

Besides a performance bonus, and 13 months of fixed pay, ministers are also entitled to:

  • Annual Variable component (1.5 months)
  • National Bonus (up to 6 months)

The National Bonus is based on 4 key national economic indexes for Singapore:

  • Real income growth rate of 20th percentile
  • Real median income growth
  • Real GDP growth rate
  • Unemployment rate

Salary framework to remain for now

PM Lee has formed a committee in 2017 to review if the salary framework in 2012 remains “appropriate and valid”.

DPM Teo Chee Hean announced in March that this framework will remain “unchanged” as the current pay structure “remained sound”.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong recently stated that he believed our “ministers are not paid enough“.

This was in response to a query from a resident Mr Abdul Aziz, to cut ministers’ salaries or the defence budget to fund support for the elderly.

Your two-cents on the matter?

Do you think we should retain this framework to ensure we attract top talent in our government?

Or should we benchmark the pay grades & types of bonuses based on other tangible variables?

Sound out in the comments below.

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