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Written Answer by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on Information on Taxi Drivers

Notice Paper No. 76 of 2015 Question No. 214 For Written Answer For Parliament Sitting On Or After 5 March 2015

MP: Ms Irene Ng Phek Hoong

To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) how many taxi drivers, including relief taxi drivers, are there currently; (b) of these, how many are active taxi drivers on the roads; (c) what is their (i) average annual salary; (ii) average educational qualification; (iii) age profile; and (d) how many have been formerly working in PMET jobs and switched to driving taxis.


  1. As at December 2014, about 98,000 Singaporeans held a Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence. About 56,000 of them were registered with taxi companies. The average net monthly earnings (less expenses) of taxi drivers in 2014 was $3,173 for a single-shift operation, and $5,933 for a two-shift operation.
  2. Of the employed resident taxi drivers in 20141, about 8 in 10 were aged 50 and above, and over 9 in 10 possessed non-tertiary educational qualifications. We do not have data on how many taxi drivers were formerly in PMET jobs.

1Source: Comprehensive Labour Force Survey, MOM.