Is there a Minimum Wage in Singapore?
Published by Bonsai Law
In a nutshell, no, there is currently no set minimum wage in Singapore.
The Minister has the power to prescribe minimum rates of salary to be paid to children or young people, but this power has to date not been exercised.
While there is no minimum wage, Progressive Wage Models have been developed for employees employed in certain types of businesses, such as cleaning, security of landscape businesses.
These Progressive Wage Models are implemented as follows:-
- All persons who wish to carry on a “cleaning business” must obtain a cleaning business licence, and it is a condition of the licence that the licence must provide a wage that is not less than the Progressive Wage Model for the cleaning sector.
- Similarly, all persons who wish to engage in the business of supplying for reward, the services of security officers to other persons must first obtain a security agency’s licence, and the Ministry of Manpower has specified that security agencies must provide a wage not less than the Progressive Wage Model for the security sector.
- The National Parks Board also specifies that one of the requirements for a company to be on the Landscape Company Register is that the company must provide a wage that is not less than the Progressive Wage Model for the landscape sector.