Singapore Budget 2022: 10 Things Business Owners Need To Know

Singapore Budget 2022

In his inaugural budget speech, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong focused on addressing Singaporeans concerns on the rising cost of inflation and supporting sectors facing difficulties. The budget is billed as one for building new capabilities for the future and strengthening of our social system.

The measures implemented in budget 2022 charts a new way forward for the country. We have summarised 10 key details that business owners need to know.

#1 SMEs To Receive Up To $10,000 As Part Of The Small Business Recovery Grant 

As part of the $500 million Jobs and Business Support package, small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected most by COVID-19 will receive a payout of $1,000 per local employee up to a cap of $10,000 per company as part of a Small Business Recovery Grant. 

Furthermore, for SMEs that do not hire local employees such as local sole proprietors and partnerships in eligible sectors and SFA licensed hawkers, market and coffeeshop stallholders will receive a one-off $1,000 grant.

#2 Jobs Growth Incentive (JGI) Scheme To Be Extended Till September 2022 

The jobs growth incentive scheme that supports the hiring of mature and vulnerable workers has been extended to September 2022 with stepped down rates. 

Read Also: Guide To Understanding The Jobs Growth Incentive (JGI) For Companies Hiring Local Workers

#3 Temporary Bridging Loan Programme For Businesses Has Been Extended  

To alleviate businesses’ cash flow concerns from rise in cost of materials and electricity, the Temporary Bridging Loan Programme will be extended to 30 September 2022 with revised parameters. For businesses applying for a Temporary Bridging Loan, certain banks like OCBC provides exclusive perks. 

The Enhanced Trade Loan scheme will be extended to 30 September 2022 and will have a 70% risk-share for SMEs to venture to more nascent markets like Bangladesh or Brazil.  

The enhanced Project Loans scheme was also extended to 31 March 2022 to support domestic construction projects.  

The Merger & Acquisition (M&A) loan will be expanded to include domestic M&A activities from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2026. 

Read Also: 5 Reasons SMEs Should Consider A Temporary Bridging Loan, Even If You Don’t Need The Money

#4 Small And Micro Businesses Can Tap On Skillsfuture Enterprise Credit 

The SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) that encourages employers to invest in enterprise transformation and capabilities of their employees.    

The Skills Development Levy (SDL) requirement will be waived for the qualifying period of 1 January to 31 December 2022 to benefit more small and micro businesses to utilise the SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit. The deadline to claim this credit has been extended to 30 June 2024. 

Read Also: SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC): A One-Off $10,000 Grant For Companies To Transform Their Business And Upskill Employees

#5 Higher Salary Threshold For Employment Pass & S-Pass Holders   

To encourage companies to access a diverse pool of manpower, the framework for both the Employment Pass (EP) and Special (S) holders will be updated from September this year. 

The minimum qualifying salary for new EP applicants will increase from $4,500 to $5,000 while the minimum salaries for EP applicants in the financial services sector will be increased to $5,500.  

For S Pass applicants the new minimum qualifying salary will be raised from the current $2,500 to $3,000. Whereas, for S-pass applicants in the financial services sectors, the qualifying salary will increase to $3,500. 

Additionally, the Tier-1 levy for S-Pass applicants will be progressively increased from the current $330 to $650 by 2025.  

Read Also: Guide To Work Passes In Singapore: Work Permits, S Pass and Employment Pass (EP)

#6 Lower Dependency Ratio For Work Permit Holders 

The work permit policies in the construction and process sectors will be adjusted. 

The dependency ratio ceiling (DRC) which is the maximum permitted ratio of foreign workers to the total workforce that a company in the stipulated sector is allowed to hire, will be reduced from 1:7 to 1:5. 

Moreover, the current Man-Year Entitlement (MYE) framework will also be replaced with a new levy framework to encourage firms to support more offsite work and employ more higher-skilled work permit holders.

Read Also: Foreign Worker Quota In Singapore: What Is It And How To Calculate It For Your Business

#7 Higher Carbon Tax For Businesses

To achieve Singapore’s net zero carbon ambition, the carbon tax will be raised from the current $5 per tonne to $25 per tonne in 2024 and 2025. The tax will be raised again to $45 in 2026 and 2027 with the view of reaching $50 to $80 per tonne by 2030. 

The government will make announcements of subsequent increases ahead of time to provide certainty for businesses. 

There will be no additional carbon tax on the use of petrol, diesel and compressed natural gas as these already have excise duties. 

#8 Progressive Wage Model Extended To More Sectors and Occupations  

Over the next two years, the progressive wage model will be extended to the retail, food services, and waste management sectors. 

The scheme will be extended to in-house cleaners, security officers, landscape workers, administrators and drivers across all sectors.

Companies employing foreign workers will be required to pay all their local employees at least the Local Qualifying Salary, which is currently set at $1,400 per month. 

A Progressive Wage Mark will be launched to accredit firms that pay progressive wages and local qualifying salary. 

The government will require all its eligible suppliers to be accredited with the Progressive Wage Mark when they contract with it from March 2023.

Read Also: Progressive Wage Model: How Much Will Singapore Employers Have To Pay Their Workers

#9 Employers To Receive Similar Offset Package For Higher CPF Contribution Rates For Senior Workers In 2023 

The CPF contribution rates for workers aged 55 to 70 will increase by another 1.5 to 2% next year and the government will provide the employers with a one-year CPF Transition Offset equivalent to half of the increase in employer CPF contributions. 

The first increase was implemented this year and the next step of increase will be in 2023. 

Workers aged 55 to 70 will see a total increase of 3 to 4 percentage points in their CPF contribution rates over the next two years. 

Read Also: 4 Government Support Schemes Singapore Businesses Can Tap On To Adopt A Senior-Friendly Workplace

#10 Higher GST Rates From 2023 

The highly anticipated increase in GST-rates will be implemented incrementally from January 1, 2023. The rates will be raised to 8% first before increasing again to 9% from January 1, 2024.

Read Also: When Must A Company Register For GST, And How You Can Register?

Building a Sustainable Future

Be part of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and achieve your business’ sustainability goals. Fund your green initiatives today with the OCBC SME Sustainable Financing Framework.

Subscribe To The DollarsAndSense Business Pass

Enjoy what you are reading and want more? Join The DollarsAndSense Business Pass and unlock access to valuable tools, exclusive networking opportunities, and tap into the wisdom of industry experts to fuel your business expansion!

You May Also Like