Wednesday, October 7, 2015   

Singapore to set minimum wages for cleaners, security guards
(01-08 16:51)

Singapore's government is going to introduce a compulsory licensing scheme leading to mandatory basic wages for cleaners and workers in security sector, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the minister said that the moves are targeted approaches to use the industry licensing schemes to raise wages in certain sectors and that it is not a national minimum wage.
The scheme will make it mandatory for specified sectors to adopt a progressive wage model with basic wage levels set in accordance with the role of the employees, so as to raise wages progressively as workers' productivity improves through skills upgrading and training.
All cleaning companies will come under the scheme in September, with the entry-level pay for cleaners set at 1,000 Singapore dollars monthly. This is about 20 percent higher than the current median basic wage for cleaners.
Details for the security sector are still being worked out. --Xinhua
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