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Support Measures for Built Environment Sector Firms

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has caused disruptions for many businesses in Singapore. To help Built Environment firms and their employees tide over this period, the Government has introduced various support measures to aid in (i) manpower levies (ii) business development (iii) construction and supply contracts (iv) jobs and skills and (v) cash flow and business sustainability. All these measures will help businesses preserve capacity and capability, and protect jobs.

Please see the infographic and table below for more details.

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Support measures for BE firms infographic

Reduced Levies

- (MOM) Foreign Worker Levy Rebate
$750 from Apr to Jun 2020 and $375 for July 2020 for each Work Permit or S Pass holder
$90 from Aug 2020 to Dec 2021 for each Work Permit holder

- (MOM) Levy Payment Timeline extension of 3 months for SMEs

- (MOM) Waiver of foreign worker levies
100% from Apr to Jun 2020 and 50% in Jul 2020

Business Transformation

- (BCA) Productivity Innovation Project (PIP) scheme
Maximum support level raised to 80%

- (ESG) Enterprise Development Grant
Maximum support level raised to 90% 

- (ESG) Productivity Solutions Grant
Maximum support level raised to 80%

 Construction and Supply Contracts

- (BCA) Advance payment for contractors in public sector construction projects during the “Circuit Breaker” and “Extended Circuit Breaker” period until Safe Restart

- (BCA) Co-share prolongation costs of constructions in public construction projects             

- (BCA) Waivers allowing builders to do partial on-site installation of finishing works for Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) and Prefabricated Bathrooms

-  (MINLAW) COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act to provide temporary relief for inability to perform contractual obligations for construction or supply contracts (see FAQs) due to COVID-19

- (URA) Extension of 6 months for commencement, completion and sale of residential developments in relation to remission of ABSD for housing developers

- (URA) Extension of Project Completion Period (PCP) by 6 months for development projects

SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package

- (SSG-WSG) Enhanced Hiring Incentive
For employers that hire local workers who completed eligible re-skilling and training schemes

- (SSG-WSG) SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package will support close to 100,000 new jobs, traineeships and training opportunities

Cashflow and Business Sustainability

- (BCA) Co-funding of SMOs from Sep 2020 to Feb 2021

- (BCA) Construction Restart Booster
To help construction firms pay for additional compliance costs

- (BCA) Progress Payment Claims in Public Sector Construction Projects
Government Procuring Entities (GPEs) will be accepting fortnightly payment claims in lieu of monthly payment claims

- (CPF) Defer higher CPF contribution rates for senior workers

- (ESG) Enterprise Financing Scheme - SME Working Capital Loan
Maximum loan quantum raised to $1 million, government risk share increased to 90%

- (ESG) Temporary Bridging Loan Programme
Maximum loan quantum raised to $5 million, government risk share increased to 90%

- (IRAS) Corporate Income Tax Rebate of 25% to all firms

- (IRAS) Jobs Support Scheme
75% wage support from Apr to Aug 2020, 25% wage support for five months

- (IRAS) Wage Credit Scheme
Qualifying gross wage ceiling raised to $5000, government co-funding ratios for wage increases in 2019 and 2020 raised to 20% and 15% respectively

- (MAS) Deferment of loan payments for SMEs, no enforcement of security located in Singapore

- (MAS) Flexible premium instalment plans for cash-constrained insurance policyholders

- (MOH) Costs of swab testing
Funded by the government for the construction sector till 31 Mar 2021

- (MOH) Quarantine Order Allowance (QOA) Scheme
$100 daily allowance for employers with employees affected by Quarantine Orders

- (MOM) Man-Year Entitlement (MYE) Refund
Unutilised MYE due to work disruptions from COVID-19 will be refunded for a period of six months starting from 1 Apr 2020

- Cash grants to help SMEs with rental costs

- More rental waivers for commercial and other non-residential tenants of government properties


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