Singapore's Ministry of Manpower has accepted the recommendations in the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC) report.

According to a media release, this will see the implementation of the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) Bonus for the cleaning sector and a scheduled 3% annual wage increase to the PWM wage levels from 2020 to 2022. Over 40,000 resident cleaners who are employed by more than 1,300 cleaning businesses will benefit from this initiative.

PWM bonus

The recommended PWM Bonus quantum comprises no less than two weeks of basic monthly wages to be paid out to eligible resident workers from 2020 onwards.

For workers, this will mean an uplifted total income level and savings as well as serve as a motivation to stay with the same employer.

As for employers, it will help them be better able to attract and retain workers, and to invest in their training when there are better retention rates.

The TCC's recommendation to implement the PWM Bonus for eligible resident cleaners will be mandatory for all cleaning businesses licensed under the cleaning business licensing regime via an Order by the Commissioner for Labour.

A lead time of at least a year will be provided for the cleaning industry to adopt the new PWM bonus. From 1 January 2020, the Commissioner for Labour will enforce the PWM Bonuses for eligible resident cleaners.

3% annual wage increases to the PWM wage levels

The scheduled 3% annual wage increases to the PWM wage levels will be implemented from 2020 to 2022 all three cleaning sub-sectors under the PWM.

This will ensure that cleaners enjoy sustained wage growth.

Similar to the bonus, the annual adjustments to the PWM from 2020 to 2022 will be implemented for all licensed cleaning businesses via an Order by the Commissioner for Labour for resident cleaners under all contracts from 1 July 2020.

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