Learn How the 13th Month ‘Bonus’ In Singapore Come About


Have You Ever Pondered How 13 Month Bonus Come About?

Dear folks,

A simple questions to all of you, especially Singaporean.

“Do you know how the 13th Month ‘Bonus’ or AWS In Singapore Come About?”

Generally speaking there is only 12 months in a year, so when you received a ’13th month’ of wages, you will feel delighted, do you?

Have you ever pondered, “Why do I always received the same salary every month, even when in January, there is 31 days and Feb, there is only 28 days?”

To my surprise, February is the only month you get paid correctly in the whole year in Singapore.

Employers in Singapore will never overpay you in February. There are 4 weeks in a month and we get paid for 28 days in a month. Straightforward.

In short we are underpaid in every other month other than February.

January – 3 days
March – 3 days
April – 2 days
May – 3 days
June – 2 days
July – 3 days
August – 3 days
September – 2 days
October – 3 days
November – 2 days
December – 3 days

3 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3 = 29 days.

The shorter way to calculate this would be:

1 month 4 weeks.
You get paid 12 times a year = 12 x 4 = 48 weeks.
There are 52 weeks in a year. 52 – 48 = 4 weeks unpaid

The fact is that most of the Singapore employers do not practice paying you AWS or 13 month because they felt that is it not necessary. If your employer did not pay you AWS, do you feel short changed or robbed now?

This post is a summary from an interesting article i have come across and like to share with all of you, my fellow Singaporeans. Thanks to A Singaporean Son and you can view the complete post here.


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