Absentee Payroll (AP) funding is a grant to help employers defray the manpower costs incurred when they send their employees for certifiable skills training.
Employers are able to enjoy an absentee payroll of UP to $7.50/hr (80% of their employees hourly wage) when they send their employees for skills upgrading (training).
FAQS for enhanced Training Support Package (ETSP) - Absentee Payroll
Michael (Business Owner) wishes to send his full-time employee, Valerie, for TaF.tc's home-based learning WSQ Social Media Marketing 16-hour course during the circuit breaker.
As an SME, the nett fees after the 90% subsidy for the above course to send his SG/PR employee will be: S$95.23.
A) Calculating Hourly Wage:
Valerie is being paid $2,000 a month and works a 44-hour work week, 176-hour per month. Valerie hourly wage is equates to ($2,000 ÷ 176 hours) = $11.36
Government subsidise absentee payroll of 80% of hourly wage equal ($11.36 x 80%) = $9.09 (of up to $7.50/hr)
=> If hourly wage is higher than $7.50, than the amount has to be calculated at $7.50. Otherwise, if it is lower, for example $5.23, it will be taken as that amount per hour.
B) Checking if the course training hours is within Valerie's working hours:
If Valerie works between 12pm - 8pm and the course is between 9am - 6pm for two days.
Training hours within working hours = 5 hours x 2 days = 10hrs
=> Michael is able to claim a total of $75 (10hrs x hourly wage of $7.50) for employee who is absent from work
Training hours outside of working hours = 3hours. x 2 days = 6hrs
=> Based on Michael's internal HR company policy, they are required to pay Valerie overtime of 6hrs x overtime rate x hourly rate.
Regardless of whether the working hours are within or outside Valerie's working hour, the absentee payroll claim will go straight to the company. Michael will receive a total of $120 (16 hours of course X $7.50/hr of hourly wage)
If the company would like to justify training conducted outside employees working hours and not pay over time rate, they can submit their supporting documents (Flexi-work arrangement, circuit breaker change in working hours, etc), however, it will be subjected to SSG review and approval.
All our WSQ courses at TaF.tc are supported under the Absentee Payroll funding.
Step 1: Enrol into a course under corporate-sponsorship (employee or HR assisting)
1. Search for the desired course here:
2. Create a Corporate TaF.tc account here:
3. Login into your corporate account by following the e-mail instructions sent to you upon registering your corporate account.
4. On the side-menu, click on "My bookings" > "Create new bookings" button > search for desired course > input enrolee detailed > Submit > Pay by Credit Card or Cheque (We always prefer card!)
Step 2: Set-up your company profile and apply for your employee here.
1. As a sole proprietor / self-employed, can I claim as an owner?
Yes you can, it's owner's inclusive.
Arrange a 10-minute call here with a programme advisor to build a training plan for your company!
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