Allowances for MPs, NCMPs & NMPs in Singapore

Last updated on December 11, 2023

In January 2023, Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing announced that a review of Singapore’s political appointment holders’ salaries was targeted for the same year. This was in response to a query from Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) Hazel Poa’s parliamentary question on whether a committee had been appointed to carry out a five-yearly review of political salaries. The last committee had been appointed back in 2017.

Read on to learn more about the current annual allowances for a Member of Parliament (MP) as well as an NCMP/Nominated MP (NMP).

What is the monthly allowance for an MP?

Since MPs do not have an executive role (although they have a political role), they are given a monthly allowance, a 13th month bonus and Annual Variable Component (AVC). 

Currently, an MP’s annual allowance is 17.5% of the MR4 benchmark – the entry Ministerial-grade benchmark. This is a drop of 3% from the 2010 allowance. As of 2023, the annual MP allowance is $192,500.

To facilitate their work, MPs are also given a monthly allowance of S$1,300 to hire a legislative assistant and S$500 for a secretarial assistant. NCMPs and NMPs do not receive such allowances.

What is the monthly allowance for an NCMP/NMP?

The monthly allowance for an NCMP/NMP is at a lower amount, given their smaller roles as compared to an MP (i.e. an NCMP/NMP does not have a community role as they do not have constituents). According to PSD, and as of 2023, 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.