Singapore cleaners will see a bump in their wages over the next six years following a review of their salaries.
From July 2023 to 2028, locals in the cleaning profession, including general cleaners, dishwashers, and even their supervisors, will see their salaries gradually increase over six years as part of a move to reduce the income gap while improving worker skills. The additional amount to be earned was recommended by a tripartite committee and has been accepted by the government.
“The [Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners’] recommendations for sustained wage increases and enhanced training will ensure significant wage growth and skills upgrading for cleaners, and develop a more competent and productive cleaning workforce,” a joint statement by the National Environment Agency, Ministry of Manpower, SkillsFuture SG and Workforce SG said today.
According to the recommendation, the lowest paid cleaners earning S$1,312 will have their salaries adjusted to S$1,570 once the wage increase kicks in July 2023. The higher paid supervisor earning S$1,967 will earn S$2,210 after the first adjustment.
Singapore’s median wage in 2020 was S$4,534 (US$3,425) and the average age of cleaners today is 60, according to the National Environment Agency.
The tripartite also recommended that employers send cleaners for mandatory training on workplace safety and health by the end of next year as part of new requirements for licensed cleaning businesses.
The Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners is represented by members of various government agencies and chaired by Zainal Sapari from the National Trades Union Congress.
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