Singapore gives gig economy workers S$1,000 monthly Covid-19 pay-out

Singapore intends to pay its gig economy workers S$1,000 a month for the next nine months to help them overcome the Covid-19 crisis. – EPA pic, March 26, 2020.

FREELANCERS in the Singapore gig economy — such as taxi drivers, private-hire car drivers, real estate agents and other self-employed persons — will receive S$1,000 (RM3,000) a month for nine months under a new scheme to help them tide over the Covid-19 pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said today.

The Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme, or Sirs, is expected to benefit most self-employed people in Singapore, said Heng in his ministerial statement on a supplementary budget, which is geared towards protecting jobs and livelihoods.

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