Increase in the monthly salaries of security guards over a six-year period from 2023
“Eternal CHALLENGE” OF LABOR SHORTAGE
The STC described a labor shortage in the area – where there are around 40,000 resident security guards employed by 265 security agencies as of October – as a “continuing challenge”, despite efforts to improve standards. salaries and working conditions of agents.
“Although the supply of active private security agents has increased over time, this shortfall persists due to the labor requirements of new buildings and COVID-19 security management measures,” said he declared.
The STC said it was essential for the industry to take a longer-term view and optimize the workforce.
“Thus, it is timely and necessary to revisit the security PWM as a way to make the bolder changes that the industry needs,” he added.
In line with the industry’s intention to eventually move to a 44-hour workweek – while ensuring that security guards do not suffer a cut in gross pay – the JTS has proposed that base wages of these officers include wages paid for work performed in addition to the normal work week and that the basic salary for the rank of security guard be increased to S $ 2,650.
“This will ensure security guards sustainable wage growth without having to count excessive hours for higher gross pay,” he said.
The STC noted that from 2024, this would allow all security guards to exceed the current monthly basic salary threshold of S $ 2,600 for coverage under Part IV of the Employment Act. , which provides basic protection on working hours, days of rest and other conditions of service.
He added that security guards would then be able to negotiate better employment conditions, such as regular working hours, with their employers.
“As an additional measure to protect the welfare of security guards under the new salary scale, the JTS recommends that a maximum cap of 72 hours per month in overtime be set above the week of overtime. 44 hour work, ”he said.
This would be applied under the security PWM, he said, which is already a condition of license under the Department of Police Licensing and Regulation licensing scheme for private security agencies and security guards.
“This will ensure that all security guards are fit to perform their duties in a professional and competent manner,” the JTS said.
The STC also suggested that the government consider providing transitional wage support to help industry mitigate the cost impact of PWM wage increases, and that service providers invest in technology and explore a “redesign. Or other means to improve productivity and service results. .