With Singapore Airlines recently having reported its best financial results in history, the company is also rewarding staff in a pretty major way.
Singapore Airlines employees get huge bonuses
Singapore Airlines has revealed that it will pay staff bonuses equal to roughly eight months of salary. This comes in two parts:
- Staff will receive a profit sharing bonus equivalent to 6.65 months of salary, which is based on a longstanding annual profit sharing bonus formula that unions have agreed on
- On top of that, staff will receive an ex-gratia bonus equivalent to 1.5 months of salary, in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice during the pandemic
While senior management will get profit sharing, senior management won’t get the ex-gratia bonus.
It goes without saying that this is a huge bonus for staff, and is something they worked hard for. We recently saw Emirates announce that staff would receive a bonus equal to 24 weeks worth of pay. That was a new record for the company, and for that matter, more or less a record for the industry (well, until now).
In Emirates’ case, any sort of profit sharing schemes are entirely at the company’s discretion. As you can see here, a majority of the profit sharing is based on a contractually agreed upon formula, though the company decided to even be generous beyond that.
Details of Singapore Airlines’ best year in history
Singapore Airlines recently reported its results for the 2022-2023 financial year, which ended on March 31, 2023. The company reported the best financial results in its 76-year history, as the company had a net profit of S$2.16 billion ($1.62 billion). This came after the airline suffered three straight years of losses.
This record profit is pretty noteworthy, since Singapore Airlines still isn’t back to pre-pandemic capacity. For example, the company has only seen passenger capacity rise to 79% of pre-pandemic levels. The airline had a load factor of 85.4%, the highest in history, and an increase of 55.3% compared to the previous year.
Singapore Airlines and its low cost subsidiary Scoot carried 26.5 million passengers during the financial year, which is six times higher than the number of passengers carried the year prior.
These results really show you that limiting capacity and being able to maintain high fares can be good for business (unsurprisingly).
Singapore Airlines had a record year, which is a nice reflection of how international travel demand has recovered post pandemic. To celebrate this, the company is paying employees bonuses worth over eight months of salary. This includes a contractually agreed upon profit sharing bonus, plus an additional bonus to thank them for their hard work.
It’s nice to see employees in the airline industry getting rewarded after a challenging few years. That’s especially true at Singapore Airlines, where the people really make the experience.
What do you make of this Singapore Airlines employee bonus?
It's amazing way for the employee with high reward after a hard work. When I was there 1996~1998 in HDB Construction, I experienced reward for having best Suggestions in improving Construction Methods.
Keep up good relationship with Employee Singapore Airlines.
Sorry if I missed this, but is this for all staff or just those who fall under the bonus structure?
SQ has become somewhat lacking in economy, and I've found their prices to have grown a bit out of line with their service/product.
To each their own, but I'm seeing the luster fade, and while J/F was fun, I'm not sure it warrants the price for me.
Good on them for profit sharing, bad on them for their reduced Y experience and increased pricing.
When a company takes care & respects its employees, they will take care of you (company)....especially evident in the "service" industry
SQ "shines" once again ... and indeed as always ... with it's (generally) "candid" and (greatly) "compassionate" demeanor ... ! Hearty congrats to ALL @ SQ ... !
(Wish I was still there ... I'd've earned "a bit of that" too ... !
Thank you, DAMN pandemic ... !! )
One wee leeettle "point", if I may, tho' : "Revamp" the "demeanor" of the cabin crew, increasingly too many of whom have tended to be a wee bit too "abrupt", at times, in dealing with yr pax ... !
No issues rewarding staff they work hard. But SQ on board services plummeted after the pandemic especially in economy class. Yet they charge higher prices compared some other airlines. Now they charge even for selecting seats. Even if you paid to select seats you don't get it the money not refunded. Not even an apology. Phone service is poor.
Some of the profit made should be used to improve services overall
Nice appreciation,what about the other airlines seems to have same idea?so far only 3 have heard giving bonus,,where are others!!
Well, NA unions always demand untenable salary increases whenever the going's good, so record bonuses just won't be a thing.
SQ was, and is still always overrated.
Very overrated airline these days, sadly. I guess that's how they are able to make a profit!
Ridiculously overpriced tickets during pandemic yielded huge profits! No-brainer!
SQ is a good airline. Singapore is a good country, better governed than America.
Singapore…a FINE city. I would not want to live that way all the time.
I agree with this 100%. American is an awefull country. Thanks trump
Singaporeans have recently been very vocal about the shoddy quality of the airline’s economy class meal service. Everything from the packaging to what’s actually served, they feel that the ticket prices don’t reflect the onboard service.
Hope to see SQ invest more in service rather than just let it slide. Folks also say they’ve been less attentive to economy since premium economy came about.
Same case with Emirates here, though at least the price was pretty cheap compared to the rest of the options I had
Agreed on the economy class meal - I was shocked flying after so many years, how it's basically just one main dish on the tray without any starter. I shouldn't be comparing with the past, but years ago SQ had one of the lavish economy meals in sky.
I’m Singaporean, based in Singapore, and a SQ fan but it pains me to say that unfortunately, I must agree that meal device has slipped. In business and first no less.
My thoughts exactly. No problem with rewarding flight staff, as they do work pretty hard. Sad that those left behind in pandemic layoffs miss out entirely.
So, now SQ is rolling in it, it is past time to restore the premium cabin experience to pre-pandemic levels of better quality food offerings, drinks, amenity kits and bedding (including pjs where appropriate). The second-rate champagne in J anfdF is no longer satisfactory!
The little boxes of fried rice and laksa served in econ on regional flights should embarrass SQ management. I get better meals on domestic flights in Indonesia.