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TOPICS: Progressive Wages, Cleaning Industry
Question by Mr Louis Ng,
MP for Nee Soon GRC: To ask the Minister for the Environment and
Water Resources (a) what current percentage of cleaning companies apply the
progressive wage model to their foreign cleaners; and (b) whether the Ministry
will start collecting such data if it does not currently do so.
Wage Model (PWM) was introduced to address the effects of cheap-sourcing that
had depressed wages for local cleaners hired by cleaning businesses. While the PWM
is mandatory for these cleaners, it is not applicable to foreign cleaners, who are
typically hired on different terms, with employers bearing other related
expenses such as additional levies and accommodation arrangements.
2. The PWM is intended to sustain
productivity-driven wage growth for resident low-wage workers, hence the
collection of related data focuses on local cleaners. Nonetheless, as at 31 Jan
2019, about 23% of licensed cleaning businesses employing foreign cleaners were
paying wages at or above the levels stipulated under the PWM to their foreign
3. We encourage more employers to upgrade
their workers’ skills and implement productivity-based wage progression in
accordance with the key tenets of the PWM, regardless their workers’
Last updated: 04 Mar 2019
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