Socso: More than two million apply for wage subsidy


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 09 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Over two million workers have applied for the Wage Subsidy Programme so far, the Social Security Organisation (Socso) revealed.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said the organisation received 278,505 applications from employers on behalf of 2.24 million workers between April 1 and May 7.

Of this, he said 266,955 applications were made by employers with fewer than 75 workers, with this group totalling 1,596,732 workers.

Mohammed Azman said 8,248 applications were from employers with between 76 and 200 workers, involving 317,464 workers.

Applications were also made by 3,302 employers with a workforce of over 200, with this group involving 324,123 workers.

In a statement yesterday, Mohammed Azman reminded employers to be honest in their applications and also comply with the terms and conditions.

“Do not include workers who have not registered with Socso before April 1, 2020, and do not submit the names of those who do not work for the company,” he said, adding that Socso’s enforcement division would act against employers who did not comply with this.

A total of RM13.5bil out of the government’s RM260bil Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus package has been set aside for the wage subsidy programme aimed at staving off retrenchment by employers impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mohammed Azman also said Socso received 33,264 applications from employers for the Employment Retention Programme (ERP) representing 296,718 workers.

He said applications for the ERP were still open, with an additional allocation of RM120mil from the government to benefit more workers seeking assistance.

Locals earning less than RM4,000 a month are eligible for the subsidies, with the amount depending on the size of a company’s workforce.

Companies with more than 200 people will receive RM600 per retained worker while those employing between 75 and 200 employees will get RM800, with those hiring fewer than 75 employees getting RM1,200.

Employers having difficulty submitting their applications or seeking clarification can email Socso at perkeso@perkeso.gov.my, visit www.facebook.com/PERKESO.Official or call 03-8091 5100/03-4264 5555/1-300-22-8000.
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