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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) construction and supply contracts, (iii) business development and (iv) cashflow 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

Levies

  • (MOF) Foreign Worker Levy Rebate of $750 for each Work Permit or S Pass holder for April and May 2020

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

  • (MOF) Waiver of foreign worker levies for April and May 2020
  • Construction and Supply Contracts

  • (MinLaw) COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill
    • Contractors will not be liable for (i) liquidated damages and (ii) non-supply of goods arising from COVID-19 events

  • (BCA) One-off advance payment for contractors in public sector construction projects during the “Circuit Breaker” period

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

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

  • Extension of 6 months for commencement, completion and sale of residential developments in relation to remission of ABSD for housing developers

  •  Business Transformation

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

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

  • (ESG) Productivity Solutions Grant
      Maximum support level raised to 80%
  •  Cashflow and Business Sustainability

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

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

    • (IRAS) Job Support Scheme
        75% wage support in April, 25% wage support till Dec 2020

    • (MOM) Leave of Absence (LOA) / Stay Home Notice (SHN) support programme
        $100 daily allowance for employers with employees affected by Leaves of Absence (LOAs) and Stay Home Notices (SHNs)

    • (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 April 2020

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

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

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

    • (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

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