What’s next after Basic Licensing Units? – Part 1: Progressive Wage Model

This is a common question from our trainees who are new to the industry. The general perception is that once you have fulfilled the training conditions to get your security licence, you do not need to go for training anymore.

In fact, there is more to the security industry that what meets the eye. With the introduction of the Security Progressive Wage Model (PWM) in 2016, security officer is no longer a dead end job.

What is Progressive Wage Model?

The PWM is a model that maps out 4 components – career, wage, training and job responsibilities. With the introduction of PWM, workers can have a clear career pathway for their wages to rise along with training and improvements in productivity. The PWM is implemented for the cleaning, security and landscape sectors in Singapore. The 3 PWMs are developed by the respective sectorial tripartite committees comprising of representatives from the government, employers and workers. To ensure that the PWM stays relevant with changing times, the committees monitor and review the model regularly.

How is the Security PWM related to training?

The Security PWM introduces a 5-level career ladder – new entrants will start their career as a Security Officer (SO) and can progress to become a Chief Security Officer (CSO). Each level is defined by training requirements, years of experience, specific job scopes and a minimum basic salary.

With this structured model, security officers can look forward to career progression in the industry. As they accumulate experience at work, they can undergo structured training to prepare them to take on greater responsibilities. In turn, they can look forward to career progression that comes with better salary. This industry-wide model also allows security officers to take charge of their own career regardless of their current deployment.

For the list of training requirements, you may refer to this page.