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The basic monthly salary of entry-level waste collectors is expected to nearly double to S$3,260 by 2028

By on January 24, 2022 0


The PWM provides for a compulsory bonus for certain workers from January 2024. Workers who have worked at least 12 months for the same employer will receive no less than one month’s salary as an annual bonus.

In addition to revisions in terms of compensation, the model also defines structured training requirements to continuously improve the skills and productivity of workers.

For example, lower-level employees must complete at least two Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training modules. They will need to complete more modules as they progress to more advanced jobs in their careers.


Mr Yeo Hock Lye, 61, who works as a waste sorter, said he had received pay rises of around S$50 a year during his 14 years in the industry.

With the implementation of PWM, he said he was looking forward to “learning new things” while earning more.

Her employer, Ms. Lim Lijuan, director of Boon Poh Refuse Disposal, said that previously some service buyers had indicated hesitation when suppliers such as her company offered price increases to accommodate workers’ higher wages.

But she hopes that with the implementation of PWM, buyers will be willing to shell out more as they find that the cost increase is “general”.

“After all, this increased cost will go to workers and benefit our locals,” she added.

Ms Lim also drew attention to how Covid-19 has exacerbated the industry’s labor shortage, and hopes the more structured career progression on offer can help attract more local workers to the industry. what she describes as “an unsexy industry”.

Speaking to the media after the launch of the PWM, the Minister of State for Manpower, Zaqy Mohamad, stressed that salary reviews must go hand in hand with the transformation of industry and enterprises to increase the productivity.

“If you don’t transform businesses and transform industries, you’ll have a hard time sustaining that in the long run, because you also have to justify why the worker is paid more,” he said.

He drew attention to the security industry, which had already implemented the progressive salary model, to illustrate employment transformations.

While the security guards needed per site may decrease due to improved productivity, he said “overall the industry will grow” due to demand for more diverse and advanced skill sets. , such as drone operators.

Besides the security industry, other sectors that have implemented the progressive salary model are the cleaning, landscaping, and elevator and escalator sectors.

Addressing the potential increase in costs that customers may bear as wages increase, Mr. Zaqy highlighted the role that society as a whole must play in order to be more inclusive and help increase the incomes of others. residents, especially those from low-income groups.

However, he assured that the industry can expect some form of government support for businesses, which will be revealed in detail in the next budget in February.

“Rest assured that the intention is to ensure that we achieve our (PWM) goals but at the same time we also want companies to do so in a sustainable way,” he said.