Advanced Search Advanced Search Close Panel All of these words This exact phrase Any of these words Without these words Search within: PSDWhole of Government Expand All Collapse All Top 5 Most Popular FAQsRemuneration for Ministers and Members of Parliament1. What is a Member of Parliament (MP)’s annual allowance? What are the components? What about Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs)/ Nominated MPs (NMPs)? MPs are paid an allowance for the time and expenses incurred in serving in that capacity. Our MPs serve dual roles – they have a community-based role, i.e. looking after the needs of their constituents and raising their concerns in Parliament, and also a legislative role in Parliament where they can influence decisions on Government budgets, and enact or amend legislation, including the Constitution.As MPs play a political role, their allowance should be pegged to that of the political appointment holders. But since MPs do not have an executive role, MPs are given only a monthly allowance, a 13th month bonus and AVC. Hence, an MP’s annual allowance is 17.5% of the MR4 benchmark, i.e. a drop of 3% from the 2010 allowance. The annual MP allowance is $192,500.Prior to 21 May 2011, only MPs elected before 1995 were eligible for pension. However, just like the political appointment holders, the pensions of these MPs have been frozen as at 20 May 2011. They will receive the frozen pension when they step down from their MP positions.NCMPs and NMPs have smaller roles than MPs. They do not have a community role as they do not have constituents. Hence the annual allowance of an NCMP / NMP is pegged to 15% of the MP’s annual allowance. An NCMP/NMP’s annual allowance is $28,900, which is a drop of about 4% from the 2010 allowance.MPs are on the Medisave-cum-Subsidised Outpatient (MSO) scheme. There are no other perks. 2. Why have salary ranges? What are the grades and salary ranges? Consistent with HR practice in both the Singapore public and private sectors, each grade has a salary range to accommodate different monthly salaries. The salary range system for Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers and other political appointment holders gives the Prime Minister the flexibility to adjust their salaries when necessary. This also provides for the award of increments so that political appointment holders do not need to be promoted to the next grade in order to get a salary adjustment. The monthly salary of each grade has a range of 0.9 to 1.1 of the mid-point of that range, except for the starting point of the entry level MR4 Minister which is lower at 0.85 of the reference monthly salary. A Minister on the starting point of the MR4 salary range would therefore have 13 months of fixed salary amounting to $607,750. This represents the basic annual salary, without bonuses, which a Minister at the start point of the grade would earn. With variable bonuses in a typical year, this would come up to a total of $935,000. 3. What is the Prime Minister’s annual salary? What are the components? The Prime Minister receives a total annual salary package (inclusive of 13th month bonus, Annual Variable Component and National Bonus) that is twice the MR4 benchmark, or $2.2m, which represents a reduction of 36% from 2010 levels. As there is no one to decide on the annual performance bonus for the PM, the PM’s bonus will be based only on the National Bonus. Pensions for political appointment holders, including the Prime Minister, has been removed with effect from 21 May 2011. The Prime Minister is on the Medisave-cum-Subsidised Outpatient (MSO) scheme. He is accorded the use of an official car that is subject to tax, and receive no perks. 4. Why do political appointment holders also get MP allowance? As is international practice in Westminster Parliamentary systems, all political appointment holders will also receive MP allowances as they have the dual roles of being MPs which involve looking after the needs of their constituents and raising their concerns in Parliament. 5. What is the President’s annual salary? What are the components? The President is Head of State and has significant custodial powers. However, unlike the Prime Minister, he/she does not set national policies and does not have direct executive responsibility for governing the country, except as it relates to his/her custodial role. The President is paid the same monthly salary as the Prime Minister, with 13th month bonus and AVC, but without the Performance Bonus and National Bonus. This gives a salary of $1.54m, which represents a reduction of 51% from 2010 levels. The possibility of a pension for the President was previously provided for under the Civil List and Pension Act. This provision has never been exercised and no President has ever received a State pension. This provision has been removed for the President, in line with the removal of pensions for political appointment holders. The President is on the Medisave-cum-Subsidised Outpatient (MSO) scheme. He/She is accorded the use of an official car that is subject to tax, and receive no perks. If you are unable to find an answer to your query, please submit your Feedback to let us know how we can help you.