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Progressive Wage Model for the security sector

From 1 September 2016, security agencies must meet the Progressive Wage Model wage and training requirements for security officers who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents.

What is it

The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for security officers was developed by the Security Tripartite Cluster (STC). The PWM will be adopted under the licensing scheme for security agencies, administered by the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department (PLRD).

From 1 September 2016, security agencies must meet the PWM requirements to obtain or renew their licences.

Who it covers

The PWM requirements cover all Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents (PRs) employed in outsourced security jobs.

Employers are encouraged to incorporate the principles of progressive wages into the wage structure of their foreign security officers.

Wage requirements

The PWM is a five-level career progression model. It features:

  • Specific training requirements that tap on the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications for Security (Security WSQ). This ensures that security officers are equipped with the skills needed to carry out their jobs.
  • Progressive wages pegged for each level. This ensures that security officers are paid wages that correspond with their skills and productivity.

You need to meet the wage requirements for your workers.

Job level Monthly basic salary Responsibilities
Chief security officer  
  • Supervision management
  • Form and lead security watch groups
  • Security and contingency planning for major or large events


At least 2 years as a senior security supervisor
+ 3 diploma modules

Senior security supervisor ≥ $1,700
  • In charge of CCTV, central alarm or fire command centre
  • Conduct security audits and risk assessment
  • General supervision


At least 2 years as a security supervisor
+ 4 advanced modules


Full advanced certificate

Security supervisor ≥ $1,500
  • Incident management and reporting
  • Direct supervision
  • Execute evacuation plans and exercises


At least 2 years as a senior security officer
+ 1 Advance Licensing Unit
+ 2 advanced modules

Senior security officer ≥ $1,300
  • Operate security and safety systems
  • Regulate traffic (Road Traffic Act)
  • Monitor CCTV, central alarm or fire command centre
  • Assist ministries, statutory boards or government departments in law enforcement duties
  • Key press management


At least 1 year as a security officer
+ 2 certificate modules

Security officer ≥ $1,100
  • Screening
  • Patrolling and guarding
  • Access and egress control
  • Incident response
  • Acting as a bodyguard or bouncer


2 Basic Licensing Units

New applicant

Download the career progression chart for security sector.

Training requirements

Security agencies must ensure that their Singaporean and PR security officers meet the PWM training requirements.

Both the security agency and security officers will benefit from the increased productivity and ability to provide higher security standards to service buyers through proper training.

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

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