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Progressive Wage Model for the security sector

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 is a licensing condition for security agencies under the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department (PLRD).

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

Who it covers

The PWM requirements cover all Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) employed by licensed security agencies.

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

Wage requirements

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

  • 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 set for each level. This ensures that security officers are paid wages that correspond with their skills and productivity.

The STC reviewed the PWM wages in November 2017. The wages requirements recommended in the STC’s report took effect from 1 January 2019.

Job level Monthly basic salary (2020) 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 ≥ $1,820
  • In charge of security or fire command centre with more than 3 personnel
  • Conduct security audits and risk assessment
  • General supervision


At least 1 year 6 months as a security supervisor
4 advanced modules (Full advanced certificate)

Security supervisor ≥ $1,620
  • In charge of security or fire command centre with 3 or fewer personnel
  • Incident management and reporting
  • Direct supervision
  • Execute evacuation plans and exercises


At least 1 year as a senior security officer
1 Advanced Licensing Unit
2 advanced modules

Senior security officer ≥ $1,420
  • Operate security and safety systems
  • Regulate traffic (Road Traffic Act)
  • Monitor security or fire command centre
  • Assist ministries, statutory boards or government departments in law enforcement duties
  • Key press management


At least 6 months as a security officer
2 certificate modules

Security officer ≥ $1,250
  • Screening
  • Patrolling and guarding
  • Access and egress control
  • Incident response
  • Acting as a bodyguard or bouncer


2 Basic Licensing Units
“Recognise Terrorist Threats” (from 1 Jan 2020 onwards)

New applicant

Basic wage level

Job level 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Security officer $1,250 $1,400 $1,442 $1,485 $1,530
Senior security officer $1,420 $1,585 $1,633 $1,682 $1,732
Security supervisor $1,620 $1,785 $1,839 $1,894 $1,951
Senior security supervisor $1,820 $1,985 $2,045 $2,106 $2,169

The basic wage levels for 2022, 2023 and 2024 are based on minimum +3% basic wage increase, and are subject to review.

Training requirements

Security agencies must ensure that their Singapore citizen 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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