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Govt to help boost wages of those in cleaning, security sectors

The focus on uplifting the wages of the low income has inevitably thrown the spotlight on the cleaning and security sectors.

SINGAPORE: The focus on uplifting the wages of the low income has inevitably thrown the spotlight on the cleaning and security sectors.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Manpower Ministry Hawazi Daipi said it was expected as a larger number of low wage workers are traditionally from these two industries.

The Manpower Ministry is working with the National Environment Agency to strengthen its Green Mark accreditation scheme. It will introduce a requirement that cleaners employed in accredited companies receive appropriate wages.

The government is also studying how to shorten working hours and cut down overtime work for the security industry.

Mr Hawazi said cheap sourcing has prevented the market from ensuring training and standards translate to improved wages.

He said: "These measures to uplift the cleaning and security sectors will raise manpower costs for such services. Parallel efforts to raise productivity in the sectors will mitigate this, but it is inevitable that cleaning and security services will cost more for some buyers, especially those who cheap source today.

"However, the costs of cleaning and security services are typically small compared to overall operating costs. The incremental costs arising from these measures we are taking would be even smaller - just a fraction of these cleaning and security costs. Furthermore, we will phase in the changes so that they are even more manageable to businesses."

Source: CNA/ac

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