Receive salary support when you hire Singaporeans

The Hiring Incentive was first introduced as part of the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package (SMCSP) in the Unity Budget in 2020, to provide salary support for employers who hire local mid-career workers aged 40 and above through eligible reskilling programmes from 1 April 2020. It was enhanced subsequently in 27 May 2020 to apply to any hire from eligible reskilling and training programmes.

As part of the Government’s continued effort to streamline the incentive schemes, the Hiring Incentive/Enhanced Hiring Incentive (JGI) has replaced the Enhanced Hiring Incentive since 1 Sep 2020, and the Enhanced Hiring Incentive had ceased on 31 Aug 2020.

Although the Hiring Incentive/Enhanced Hiring Incentive has ceased, companies that have hired local employees on eligible reskilling and training programmes from 1 April 2020 to 31 Aug 2020 will still benefit from the Hiring Incentive/Enhanced Hiring Incentive.

How you can benefit:

  • The Hiring Incentive/Enhanced Hiring Incentive benefits employers that have hired local workers through eligible reskilling or training programmes during the qualifying periods.

Subsidies and funding:

The support rates for Hiring Incentive and Enhanced Hiring Incentive is as shown below:

Hiring Incentive under SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package (from 1 Apr to 26 May 2020) Enhanced Hiring Incentive (from 27 May to 31 Aug 2020)
Salary support

- Employers that hired a local worker aged 40 and above who had gone through an eligible reskilling programme can receive salary support of 20% for 6 months, capped at $6,000 in total.
Salary support

- Employers that hired a local worker aged 40 and above who had gone through an eligible reskilling or training programme can receive salary support of 40% for 6 months, capped at $12,000 in total.

- Employers that hired a local worker aged below 40 who had gone through an eligible reskilling or training programme can receive salary support of 20% for 6 months, capped at $6,000 in total.

Eligibility criteria:

Hiring Incentive under SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package (from 1 Apr to 26 May 2020) Enhanced Hiring Incentive (from 27 May to 31 Aug 2020)
Eligible reskilling programmes

Professional Conversion Programmes

- (PCPs) Place and Train (PnT) programmes for rank-and-file workers

- Career transition programmes by CET centres
Eligible reskilling and training programmes

- Professional Conversion Programmes (PCPs)

- Place and Train (PnT) programmes for rank-and-file workers

- Career transition programmes by CET centres

- SGUnited Traineeships programme

- SGUnited Mid-Career Traineeships programme

- SGUnited Skills programme

How to apply:

Eligible employers are invited to apply for their Hiring Incentive/Enhanced Hiring Incentive for placements under Professional Conversion Programmes and Rank-and-File Place-and-Train programmes via https://go.gov.sg/apply-hiring-incentive.

For employers with new hires who had gone through other reskilling and training programmes (e.g. SGUnited Traineeships Programme, SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme and SGUnited Skills programmes), they may contact WSG at 6883 5885 for enquiries on how to apply.

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