Assoc Prof Daniel Goh Pei Siong asked the Minister for Manpower (a) how many companies have benefited from the Flexi-Work Arrangements Incentive under the Work-Life Grant; (b) how many of the companies are SMEs; and (c) how many Singaporean employees are utilising Flexi-Work Arrangements in these companies.
Mr Lim Swee Say: The proportion of employers with at least 25 employees providing at least one form of flexible work arrangement (FWA) has steadily increased from 28% in 2008 to 47% in 2014. The FWA Incentive under the Work-Life Grant was introduced in April 2013 to support employers who are able to sustain regular utilisation of FWAs for more than 20% of their employees.
As of December 2015, 224 applications have been received. A large majority, about 95%, of the applications were from SMEs.
SMEs would typically take a year or more to track and monitor the FWA utilisation. So far, a quarter of the applicants have claimed the FWA Incentive, covering about 900 Singaporean employees.*
* The FWA Incentive requires regular utilisation of FWAs by at least five Singaporean employees and is capped at 25 Singaporean employees per company per year.