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Progressive Wage Model for the landscape sector

Landscape companies must meet the Progressive Wage Model wage and training requirements for landscape maintenance employees who are Singapore citizens or PRs.

What is it

The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for landscape maintenance employees was developed by the Tripartite Cluster for Landscape Industry (TCL).

The PWM is a registration condition for NParks’ Landscape Company Register (LCR).

Since 30 June 2016, landscape companies must meet the PWM requirements to obtain or renew their LCR status.

Who it covers

The PWM requirements cover all Singapore citizens and PRs employed in outsourced landscape maintenance jobs by landscape companies on the LCR.

Employers are encouraged to adopt the PWM’s principles for their foreign and in-house landscape maintenance employees, upgrade their skills and implement productivity-based wage progression pathways.

Wage requirements

The landscape maintenance sub-sector PWM is a four-level career progression model. It features:

  • Specific training requirements that tap on the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications for Landscape (Landscape WSQ). This ensures that landscape maintenance employees are equipped with the skills needed to carry out their job functions.
  • Progressive wages set at each level. This ensures that landscape maintenance employees are paid wages that are commensurate with their skills and productivity.

The TCL reviewed the PWM wages in November 2018. Revised wages will take effect from January 2020.

Job level Monthly basic salary (existing) Responsibilities
Landscape supervisor ≥ $2,100
  • Deployment of workforce
  • Supervision of workforce
  • Ensure work schedules are completed on time
  • Inspection of site
  • Ensure safety regulations are implemented and complied with

Up

Certifications required for Assistant Landscape Supervisor
+ 4 modules in WSQ Advanced Certificate in Landscape Supervision

Assistant landscape supervisor ≥ $1,700
  • Maintenance duties
  • Assist in deployment of workforce
  • Assist in manpower supervision
  • Reporting and updating completed work
  • Assist in ensuring safety regulations are complied with

Up

Certifications required for landscape technician
+ 1 module in WSQ Advanced Certificate in Landscape Supervision

Landscape technician ≥ $1,500
  • 5 basic general duties
    • Watering
    • Weeding
    • Basic pruning
    • Soil aeration
    • Clearing of horticultural waste
  • Fertiliser and pesticide treatment
  • Operate motorised equipment and machinery
  • Observe safety regulations

Up

Certifications required for landscape worker
+ 4 modules in WSQ Advanced Certificate in Landscape Operations

Landscape worker ≥ $1,300
  • 5 basic general duties
    • Watering
    • Weeding
    • Basic pruning
    • Soil aeration
    • Clearing of horticultural waste
  • Observe safety regulations

Up

3 modules from WSQ Certificate in Landscape Operations
To be completed within 3 months from entering the landscape industry.

New applicant

Basic wage level

Job level Current July 2020 July 2021 July 2022
Landscape worker ≥ $1,300 ≥ $1,450 ≥ $1,550 ≥ $1,650
Landscape technician ≥ $1,500 ≥ $1,650 ≥ $1,750 ≥ $1,850
Assistant landscape supervisor ≥ $1,700 ≥ $1,850 ≥ $1,950 ≥ $2,050
Landscape supervisor ≥ $2,100 ≥ $2,250 ≥ $2,350 ≥ $2,450
Job level July 2023 July 2024 July 2025
Landscape worker Minimum +3% to basic wage level, subject to review.
Landscape technician Minimum +3% to basic wage level, subject to review.
Assistant landscape supervisor Minimum +3% to basic wage level, subject to review.
Landscape supervisor Minimum +3% to basic wage level, subject to review.
A PWM Bonus of at least 2 weeks of basic monthly wages will be payable to eligible employees in a given year from 2020.

Training requirements

Your landscape company should help its Singapore citizens and PR landscape maintenance employees meet the training requirements recommended by the TCL.

As an employer, you will benefit from your landscape maintenance employees’ increased productivity and ability to provide higher quality landscape maintenance services to buyers.

Find out more about the landscape PWM’s training requirements or get assistance for training costs.

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Last Updated: 28 February 2019