The Public Services Division announced yesterday that the year-end bonus for civil servants would be 0.5 month. This bonus, together with the mid-year bonus of 0.45 month would bring the total bonus (over and above the 13th month salary) to 0.95 month for a civil servant. I am not a civil servant but every year I would look forward to the announcement of the civil service’s bonus as a guide to how much bonus I would be getting myself. This is reasonable since civil servants’ bonus are pegged to the performance of Singapore’s economy for which other employers reportedly might take reference to.

There is online chatter that the civil servants’ bonus this year has reduced and informally I thought so. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to delve into the internet to see whether the civil servants’ bonus has indeed reduced and if …