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Example of Make-Up Pay (Employed NSmen) Calculation

Your Make-Up Pay is calculated based on your usual basic salary or fixed allowance payable to you for the period of your Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) activity, supported by your payslips for the 6 months prior to your ORNS activity. For variable income components (if applicable), calculations will be based on the average monthly amount for the 6 months prior to your ORNS activity.

A public holiday that falls on a working day should be considered a paid working day and not be excluded from the denominator (working days in the month) and the numerator (working days within the ORNS activity) when calculating the loss in income.


The following is an example of how your Make-Up Pay is calculated:

Period of ORNS activity: 4 December 2017 (Monday) to 15 December 2017 (Friday)
Duration: 12 days in December 2017
Total days in December 2017: 31 days

Monthly Service Pay of an Infantry 3SG = $990
Service Pay for this period:
= (12/31 days x $990)
= $383.23

Total working days in December 2017: 20 days (discounting Saturday and Sunday)
Working days during ORNS activity: 10 days in December (discounting Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)

Your payment received for the past 6 months before training:

Month Civilian income components
May
  • Basic Salary: $2,000
  • Fixed shift allowance: $200
  • Variable overtime allowance: $50
June
  • Basic Salary: $2,000
  • Fixed shift allowance: $200
  • Variable overtime allowance: $100
July
  • Basic Salary: $2,000
  • Fixed shift allowance: $200
  • Variable overtime allowance: $60
August
  • Basic Salary: $2,500
  • Fixed shift allowance: $250
  • Variable overtime allowance: $10
September
  • Basic Salary: $2,500
  • Fixed shift allowance: $250
  • Variable overtime allowance: $70
October
  • Basic Salary: $2,500
  • Fixed shift allowance: $250
  • Variable overtime allowance: $80

Your Average Monthly Variable Overtime Allowance:
= ($50 + $100 + $60 + $10 + $70 + $80) / 6 months
= $61.67

Your company uses the 5-day work week (Monday – Friday) formula1 for salary pro-ration:

  • (Your salary multiplied by working days during your ORNS activity) divided by total working days in the month

1There are different formulas used for salary pro-ration. Please check with your employer on which formula is used.

Using the 5-day work week (Monday – Friday) formula for the claim submission by your employer, your loss in civilian income during your ORNS activity will be calculated as:

  1. Basic Salary ($2,500 monthly)
    4 to 8 December (5 working days):
    = $2,500 x 5/20
    = $625

    11 to 15 December (5 working days):
    = $2,500 x 5/20
    = $625

    Total loss in Basic Salary during your ORNS activity:
    = $625 + $625
    = $1,250

  2. Fixed Shift Allowance ($250 monthly)
    4 to 8 December (5 working days):
    = $250 x 5/20
    = $62.50

    11 to 15 December (5 working days):
    = $250 x 5/20
    = $62.50

    Total loss in Fixed Shift Allowance during your ORNS activity:
    = $62.50 + $62.50
    = $125.00

  3. Variable Overtime Allowance
    4 to 8 December (5 working days):
    = $61.67 x 5/20
    = $15.42

    11 to 15 December (5 working days):
    = $61.67 x 5/20
    = $15.42

    Total loss in Variable Overtime Allowance during your ORNS activity:
    = $15.42 + $15.42
    = $30.84

Total loss in civilian income during your ORNS activity:
= $1,250 + $125 + $30.84
= $1,405.84

Result: Your Make-Up Pay for this period:
= Your loss in civilian income – Service Pay for the duration of your ORNS activity
= $1,405.84– $383.23
= $1,022.61


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Last update: 10 Nov 2017

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