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Progressive Wage Model for the cleaning sector

From 1 September 2015, cleaning companies must meet the Progressive Wage Model wage and training requirements for cleaners who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents. There will be revised wages from 1 July 2017.

What is it

The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the cleaning sector was developed by the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC).

The PWM comes under the Cleaning Business Licence scheme administered by National Environmental Agency (NEA). Cleaning companies must meet the PWM requirements to obtain or renew their licences.

Who it covers

The PWM requirements:

  • Are mandatory.
  • Cover all Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents employed in outsourced cleaning jobs.

Employers are encouraged to incorporate the principles of progressive wages into the wage structure of your foreign cleaners.

The progressive wage structure comprises 3 wage ladders for 3 broad categories of cleaning jobs:

Group Description
Group 1 Office and commercial buildings – e.g. offices, schools, hospitals and polyclinics.
Group 2 Food and beverage (F&B) establishments – e.g. hawker centres and food courts.
Group 3 Conservancy sector – e.g. Town Councils and public cleansing.

These categories account for the most common types of cleaning jobs. They are based on NEA’s classification of cleaning sub-sectors under the Enhanced Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme.

Wage requirements

The TCC reviewed the PWM wages in 2016. The revised wages recommended in the TCC's report will take effect from 1 July 2017.

  • Wages shown are based on basic salary.
  • For all groups, team leaders will receive an additional wage allowance, starting from $100.
  • Part-time workers’ wages will be pro-rated based on the PWM basic wage paid to a full-time worker with a similar job scope.

From 1 September 2015 to 30 June 2017Show

From 1 September 2015 to 30 June 2017

You must meet the monthly basic wage requirements for your workers.

Wage requirements for PWM for cleaning sector

New service contracts starting from 1 July 2017Show

New service contracts starting from 1 July 2017

If you have new service contracts that starts from 1 July 2017, you must use the following revised wages.

Wage requirements for PWM for cleaning sector from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018

Existing service contracts before 1 July 2017Show

Existing service contracts before 1 July 2017

If you have existing service contracts that started before 1 July 2017, you must change to the following wages by 1 July 2018.

Service contracts starting from 1 July 2018 must also use the following wages.

Wage requirements for PWM for cleaning sector from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019

From 1 July 2019Show

From 1 July 2019

For service contracts starting from 1 July 2019, you must use the following wages.

Wage requirements for PWM for cleaning sector from 1 July 2019

Training requirements

Your cleaning company must ensure that its Singaporean and PR cleaners meet the PWM’s training requirements.

Refer to SSG’s training framework for the cleaning sector.

As an employer, you will benefit from your workers’ increased productivity and ability to provide better quality cleaning services to buyers.

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