Wage Assistance Scheme (WAS)

Extension for month of April 2022

The Government of the Republic of Mauritius has decided to extend the Government Wage Assistance Scheme (GWAS) and the Self-Employed Assistance Scheme (SEAS) to employers and self employed individuals of the tourism sector in the island of Rodrigues for an additional period of three months after the opening of its borders. The assistance will cover 11-days wage for the month of April 2022.

An employer would be required to provide an undertaking not to lay off any employee during that period failing which the Government may claim back the GWAS paid.

The scheme is applicable to businesses which have the necessary licence/permit from the relevant authorities:

  1. Hotels, guest houses, tourist residences and domaines;
  2. Tourist enterprises except restaurants, pubs and tables d'hotes;
  3. Pleasure crafts engaged in commercial nautical activities;
  4. Travel agencies, tour operators, tourist guides or canvassers;
  5. Businesses deriving at least 50% of their income from goods sold or services provided to persons engaged in tourism activities as listed at (a)(1) to (5) above.*
  6. Handicraft businesses having employees
  7. Companies dealing in baggage handling at the airport
  8. Companies dealing with cargo handling at the airport
  9. Airport lounge
  10. Baggage wrapping business at the airport
  11. Businesses recruiting students to be placed on internships in hotels
  12. A holder of Public Service Vehicle Licence (Contract Bus) for the conveyance of Tourists
  13. An MQA and IATA registered training institution providing courses on aviation and related fields if its intake for the current cohort has been reduced by more than 50% as compared to the corresponding intake in the previous cohort;
  14. The Tax Tourist Refund Counter operated by the MCCI at the airport;
  15. Restaurants, pubs, tables d'hotes holding a tourist enterprise licence.**
  16. Contract car businesses or contract bus businesses, event management companies, and**
  17. Attractions, amusement parks, natural sites and museums.**
  18. Foreign exchange dealers or money-changers;**
  19. Shops under the Deferred Duty and Tax Scheme;**
  20. Tourist shops operating in the premises of a hotel or a shop, outside a hotel, selling products mainly to tourists.**

* A self employed engaged in activities falling under item (5) above is entitled to GWAS only.

** Items(15) to (20) are applicable to businesses whose turnover has fallen by more than 40% in April 2022 as compared to the corresponding turnover in April 2019. However, this condition does not apply to an enterprise which has been set up on or after 01 July 2019.

Click here to apply for Government Wage Assistance Scheme - Tourism Sector

The Eligible Employers under sectors A and B will benefit financial assistance from the Government as per the table below:
For every employee with basic salary in April 2022 Basis Assistance per employee(Rs)
From 9,700 to Rs 25,375 11-days Wage From Rs 3,492 to Rs 9,135
From Rs 25,375 to Rs 50,375 Fixed Amount Rs 9,135
Above Rs 50,375 Nil Nil

Eligible employers who are not able to submit an application are requested to send an email on gwas@mra.mu

The Wage Assistance Scheme also covers expatriate employees in full-time or part-time employment in Rodrigues. However, Ministries and Government Departments, Local Authorities, Statutory Bodies and Government Owned Companies Employees of the public sector are excluded.

Employers are required to apply for GWAS electronically using the facilities available on the MRA website.

The quantum of assistance claimed should be based on the basic salary of the employees as normally declared by employers in their monthly Social Contributions Returns.

In processing the applications under GWAS, the MRA will carry out internal checks to verify the correctness of claims. The verification will be based on previous Contribution returns filed by a business to ascertain the number of employees and their basic salaries. Thereafter, MRA will credit the approved amount to the employer's bank account used by him for payment of monthly contribution.

MRA will, after submission of the Social Contributions Return for the month of April 2022, further verify the amount claimed and make adjustments accordingly.

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