COVID-19 | Wage Supplement Benefit

March 30, 2020 | 3 minute read

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Applications are now open as well a new list of affected businesses

What is the Covid Wage Supplement?

The Covid Wage Supplement provides employee with a basic wage cover to address the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The supplement will be given to employers who will be obliged to guarantee that this is passed to the respective employees.

Who can benefit from this supplement?

Full time employees of enterprises operating in sectors that suffered drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic or had to temporarily suspend operations on the order of the Superintendent of Public Health will be entitled to up to five days’ salary based on a monthly wage of €800. This includes all self-employed. Part-time employees will be eligible €500 per month. Annex A below contains the list of these sectors by NACE.

Full time employees of enterprises in other adversely affected sectors (Annex B), including wholesale, manufacturing and warehousing will be entitled to one days’ salary per week equivalent to €160 per month. Part-time employees will be eligible to one day’s salary per week, equivalent to €100 per month. In the case of Gozo based enterprises this will increase to two days’ salary per week equivalent to €320 per month for full time employees, and €200 per month for part time employees. Annex B below contains the list of sectors by NACE.

In case of self-employed in other adversely affected sectors (Annex B) who have employees will be entitled to two-days’ salary per week equivalent to €320 per month.

Self-employed based in Gozo operating in other adversely affected sectors (Annex B) will be entitled to €320 per month. This will increase to €480, for those self-employed who employ staff, and the employees will be entitled to 2 days salary calculated on €800 a month.

What sectors are in Annex A i.e. those that sectors are deemed to have suffered drastically?

This list is continuously being updated in the follow link depending on the company’s NACE code- https://covid19.maltaenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Annex-A.pdf

What sectors are in Annex B i.e. those sectors that are deemed as other adversely affected sectors?

This list is continuously being updated in the follow link depending on the company’s NACE code - https://covid19.maltaenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Annex-B.pdf

What if I cannot attend work due to restrictions imposed by the Health authorities?

Where employees benefiting from this measure will  not be attending work due to the restriction in operations as required by the health authorities or due to economic disruptions caused by the pandemic, in such cases an employee shall not be considered to be on leave.

What if I still work few days a week?

In certain instance if there is agreement with the Department Of Industrial And Employment Relations whereby employees may be required to work a four or three day week, in these instance the Covid Wage Supplement would still be allocated in accordance to the parameters established above.

How can I apply?

Applications are to be submitted online through this portal - https://covid.maltaenterprise.com/wagesupplement

How can we assist?

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any assistance in relation to this measure.

Get in touch with us through email on tax@nexiabt.com to clarify any aspect of this measure or the other measures and incentives like the Teleworking Grant Scheme or the Malta Financial Aid Package.

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