Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has accepted the recommendations of the Tripartite Cluster for Landscape (TCL) Industry report on 30 November 2018.

The recommendations include yearly adjustments, a schedule of increases to the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) basic wage levels from 2020 to 2025, as well as the introduction of a mandatory PWM Bonus for the landscape maintenance sub-sector from 2020.

Around 3,000 resident landscape maintenance employees will benefit from these recommendations, which will be implemented accordingly:

Mandatory PWM Bonus from 2020

The mandatory PWM Bonus for landscape maintenance employees, both Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, will be implemented from 2020 onwards. It will be applicable to workers who have been with the same employer for at least 12 months, as at the cut-off date of the bonus computation.

The quantum of the Bonus will be equivalent to at least two weeks of basic monthly wages, paid at least once but not more than twice a year.

The TCL will release more details on this at a later date.

Yearly adjustments to PWM basic wage levels

The TCL recommended a total increase of S$350 to the PWM basic wage levels across job roles, starting with a S$150 increase in July 2020, followed by a S$100 increase per year in July 2021 and 2022.

These adjustments will be effective 1 July 2020, in line with the schedule for the cleaning sector's PWM schedule as well as to allow sufficient lead time for the incorporation of the wage adjustments in new service contracts.

Increases to PWM basic wage levels

From July 2023 to July 2025, an annual increment of at least 3%, subject to review, will be scheduled for the PWM basic wage level across all PWM job roles.

This will ensure sustainable wage increases for the sector over time, as well as provide greater clarity to landscape maintenance employees on how their wages may increase as they progress in their profession.

The schedule will also be consistent with those of the cleaning and security sectors' PWMs which were previously agreed on.

The current PWM model is as below:


The revised PWM basic wage level will be as follows:


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Tables / Tripartite Cluster for Landscape Industry