Come September 1, 2016, businesses applying for or renewing a licence to operate a security agency in Singapore must adopt the Progressive Wage Model.
This means security agencies must ensure their security officers get the required training and are paid wages in line with or higher than the levels which the model prescribes. That entails paying a monthly starting pay of at least S$1,100.
The new requirement was announced by the government on Wednesday morning after it accepted the recommendations of the NTUC-led Security Tripartite Cluster (STC).
The STC has also proposed reducing security officers' work week from the present six days to five/six days and their overtime to 72 hours per month. But the overtime proposal is to be looked into only in 2017.