Progressive Wage Model for the security sector
Security agencies must meet the Progressive Wage Model wage and training requirements for security officers who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents.
What is it
The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for security officers was developed by the Security Tripartite Cluster (STC).
The PWM is a licensing condition for security agencies under the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department (PLRD).
Since 1 September 2016, security agencies must meet the PWM requirements to obtain or renew their licences.
Who it covers
The PWM requirements cover all Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) employed by licensed security agencies.
Employers are encouraged to adopt the PWM’s principles for their foreign and in-house officers, upgrade their skills and implement productivity-based wage progression pathways.
The PWM is a five-level career progression model. It features:
- Training requirements that tap on the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications for Security (Security WSQ). This ensures that security officers are equipped with the skills needed to carry out their jobs.
- Progressive wages set for each level. This ensures that security officers are paid wages that correspond with their skills and productivity.
The STC reviewed the PWM wages in November 2021. The wage requirements recommended in the STC’s report will take effect from 1 January 2023.
|Job level||Monthly basic salary (2021)||Responsibilities|
|Chief security officer||
At least 2 years as a senior security supervisor
|Senior security supervisor||≥ $1,985||
At least 1 year 6 months as a security supervisor
|Security supervisor||≥ $1,785||
At least 1 year as a senior security officer
|Senior security officer||≥ $1,585||
At least 6 months as a security officer
|Security officer||≥ $1,400||
2 Basic Licensing Units
Basic wage level
|Security officer||≥ $1,400||≥ $1,442|
|Senior security officer||≥ $1,585||≥ $1,633|
|Security supervisor||≥ $1,785||≥ $1,839|
|Senior security supervisor||≥ $1,985||≥ $2,045|
|≥ $1,650||≥ $2,650||≥ $2,870||≥ $3,090||≥ $3,310||≥ $3,530|
|≥ $1,850||≥ $2,950||≥ $3,170||≥ $3,390||≥ $3,610||≥ $3,830|
|≥ $2,040||≥ $3,250||≥ $3,470||≥ $3,690||≥ $3,910||≥ $4,130|
|≥ $2,240||≥ $3,550||≥ $3,770||≥ $3,990||≥ $4,210||≥ $4,430|
Basic wages in 2023 do not include overtime pay, which is paid at 1.5 times the hourly rate of pay for work in excess of the normal hours of work, in accordance with Part IV of the Employment Act.
Basic wages from 2024 to 2028 will include wages paid for work done in addition to the 44-hour regular work week, as they exceed the current $2,600 monthly basic wage threshold for workers to be covered under Part IV of the Employment Act. The number of extra hours worked above the standard 44-hours per week will continue to be capped at 72 hours per month.
The wage schedule is subject to review in 2025.
Security agencies must ensure that their Singapore citizen and PR security officers meet the PWM training requirements.
Both the security agency and security officers will benefit from the increased productivity and ability to provide higher security standards to service buyers through proper training.
Find out more
For more information:
- STC’s report and recommendations on wages (November 2021)
- STC’s report and recommendations on training and emplacement (November 2018)
- STC’s report and recommendations on wages (November 2017)