• Government-Paid Maternity Benefit – GPMB

    As a working mother (includes self-employed mothers), you can apply for the Government-Paid Maternity Benefit (GPMB) if you are NOT eligible to receive paid maternity leave under the Government-Paid Maternity Leave scheme (GPML) and you have been employed for a minimum of 90 days over a period of 12 months before the birth of your child.

    Who is eligible for the Government-Paid Maternity Benefit?

    If you are a working mother, you are eligible for paid maternity leave under the GPMB scheme if you satisfy the following conditions:

    • Your child should be a Singapore citizen.
    • You are legally married to the father of your child.
    • You have been employed for a minimum of 90 days over a period of 12 months before the birth of your child.
    • You are not eligible to receive paid maternity leave under the GPML scheme at your current employment.

    Are working mothers who have worked for different employers before the birth of their child eligible for paid leave under Government-Paid Maternity Benefit?

    If you have worked for different employers before the birth of your child, your total employment duration must add up to a minimum of 90 days over a period of 12 months before the birth of your child.

    Getting paid under the Government-Paid Maternity Benefit

    The government pays working mothers as per the following:

    • For the birth of your 1st and 2nd child – You will receive 8 weeks of paid maternity leave under the GPMB scheme.
    • From the birth of your 3rd child onwards - You will receive 16 weeks of paid maternity leave under the GPMB scheme.

    You will be paid according to your gross rate of pay + your employer’s CPF contributions + the net trade income you earn for a 12 month period before the birth of your child and dividing the result by 365 days.

    The payout under the GPMB scheme has a cap of S$10,000 per 4 weeks and S$40,000 for 16 weeks. This includes CPF contributions and commissions. It does not include bonuses.

    Applying for Government-Paid Maternity Benefit

    You can apply for paid maternity leave under the GPMB scheme by following the simple steps below:

    • Apply online on the GPL Portal.
    • List start/end dates of all your employment contract(s) if you are an employer OR your business/trade periods over 12 months before the birth of your child.
    • You must submit all your payslips or your Income Tax NOA (Notice of Assessment) obtained from the IRAS for the 12 month period before the birth of your child.
    • You should apply for the GPMB scheme within 15 months of the birth of your child. Late claims will be denied.

    Note – You can call the Government-Paid Leave Schemes Hotline number for any further clarifications.

    The Singapore government has made sure that ALL eligible working mothers get a chance to care and spend time with their newborns without losing any income. Therefore, you do not have to be disheartened if you do not qualify for paid leave under the GPML scheme because the GPMB scheme is primarily meant for working mothers who have been employed for shorter durations. This ensures that every mother gets to spend time with their child without worrying about bringing in income to the table right after the birth of their child.

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