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What is the Progressive Wage Model

The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) is a productivity-based wage progression pathway that helps to increase wages of workers through upgrading skills and improving productivity. It is mandatory for workers in the cleaning, security and landscape sectors which are mostly outsourced services.

What it is

Developed by tripartite committees consisting of unions, employers and the government, the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) helps to uplift low-wage workers in the cleaning, security and landscape sectors.

Wages in these sectors had stagnated due to widespread cheap sourcing and a limited scope for collective bargaining, as prices are locked in once contracts are signed. In turn, the low wages resulted in high turnover and labour shortages.

The PWM benefits workers by mapping out a clear career pathway for their wages to rise along with training and improvements in productivity and standards.

At the same time, higher productivity improves business profits for employers. Service buyers also enjoy better service standards and quality.

Who it covers

The PWM is mandatory for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents (PRs) in the cleaning, security and landscape sectors.

Employers are encouraged to use these principles of progressive wage for your foreign cleaners, landscape workers and security officers.

When it took effect

Employers must meet PWM requirements by the following dates:

Sector Meet PWM requirements by
Cleaning sector 1 September 2015
Note: There are revised wages from 1 July 2017.
Landscape sector 30 June 2016
Security sector 1 September 2016

How it is regulated

The PWM is regulated by the respective lead sector agencies through:

Sector Regulated by
Cleaning Licensing administered by National Environment Agency (NEA)
Landscape Landscape Company Register administered by National Parks Board (NParks)
Security Licensing administered by Police Licensing and Regulatory Department (PLRD)

PWM by sector

View details of the PWM for each sector:

Help for employers

If you are an employer, you can tap on the Workfare Training Support scheme to offset a significant portion of the training costs for your Singaporean employees.

You can also get co-funding for productivity improvement projects through:

Contact MOM

For enquiries or to report any PWM non-compliance, you can:

Last Updated: 31 December 2018