What is Employee Retention Programme (ERP)?

Employee Retention Programme / Program Pengekalan Pekerjaan is an immediate financial assistance worth RM600 monthly for employees who have been instructed to take unpaid leaves due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


what is Employee Retention Programme (ERP)?

Employee Retention Programme / Program Pengekalan Pekerjaan is an immediate financial assistance worth RM600 monthly for employees who have been instructed to take unpaid leaves due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Private sector employees (inclusive of part time workers) who are registered and contribution for Employment Insurance System (EIS) / Sistem Insurans Pekerjaan (SIP).
  • Employees with a monthly salary of RM 4000 and below.
  • Execution of Notice of Unpaid Leave with a minimum of 30 days between 1 to 6 months (unpaid leave notice must be issued starting from 1 march 2020)
Period Assistance
  • Between 1 to 6 months based on the period of the unpaid leave notice given by the employer.
How To Apply
Payment Method
  • Payment for ERP will be credited to the employees through the employer withing 7 days after receiving the payment from PERKESO

Step To Claim Wages Subsidy Program (WSP)

1 - sme software matching grant

Choose Programm Pengekalan Pekerjaan (ERP)

2 - sme software matching grant
STEP 2: Insert your SOCSO No. & Email Address

Fill in SOCSO No and Email Address and click SEMAK button

After click Semak, if no record, you can see a new buttion, click on PERMOHONAN BARU
3 - sme software matching grant
STEP 3: Insert Employee Detail (Section A)

Fill in all employer detail that required*

STEP 3: Upload Supporting Document (Section B)
  • A) Notice of Unpaid Leave Letter (PDF)

Click here to download the format.

The information needs to take note:
- Propose to take unpaid leave
- Unpaid leave date period
- Employer will help to apply for an Employment retention program
- Employee Sign with IC

  • Every company has a different labor contract, please refer to your consultant for more detail of the letter.
  • Special thanks to Anc Group – Mr. Song  sample letter of remuneration package adjustment.

  • B) Attachment of Employee List

Click here to download the format & fill in manually.

Column Explanation

No Tuntutan Ke (1,2,3) 1 = 1st Time Apply, 2 = 2nd Time Apply
Name Pekerja Employee Name
No. Kad Pengenalan Identification Number (I.C No)
Jantina Gender
Pangkat Rank/ Level
Jawatan) Position
Pendidikan Education
No. Telefon Contact Number
Email Pekerja Employee email address
Gaji Semasa (RM) Current Salary (Include OT, Commission, Bonus, Gross Salary)
  • C) Bank ID/ MyCOID identification No.

Click here to download the format.

Refer description of this posting to download the sample format.
* The format need to save as PDF for upload purpose.

  • d) Bank Statement

Save as PDF format for upload purpose.

Tick all declaration & click on Hantar
Once successful, you will be received message as below

FAQ Employee Retention Programme (ERP)

  • What should I do if my company's application for WSP is approved?

Employers can claim the subsidy from SOCSO given that they have paid their employees their full salary. Employers must still contribute monthly for their employees’ SOCSO and EIS payments based in the employee’s actual salary amount

  • Can I apply for both the Employment Retention Programme (ERP) and the wage subsidy programme (WSP) at the same time?

Employers whose application for ERP has been approved can also apply for the wage subsidy programme if their companies meet the wage subsidy guidelines.

But employers cannot apply for ERP and wage subsidy for the same employee for the same month.

  • Do I still need to pay my employees their full salary if my application for WSP has been approved?

Yes, employers still need to pay their employees full salary.

  • If there was an agreement between the employees and the employer to take Unpaid Leave or to have a salary deduction in order to keep the business running, does the company still qualify for WSP?

No. This is not allowed based on the eligibility requirement given for WSP.

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