Progressive Wage Model (PWM)

Empowering Singapore’s Security Industry​

The vibrant security industry in Singapore plays a crucial role in safeguarding our nation and ensuring smooth operations. But just like any sector, it’s important to ensure fair wages and career progression for those who dedicate themselves to our well-being. This is where the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) steps in, empowering not just security professionals but the entire ecosystem.

So, what is the PWM and how does it work? Developed in collaboration between unions, employers, and the government, the PWM acts as a roadmap for increasing the wages of lower-wage workers in specific sectors, including security. It’s not just about a handout; it’s about fostering professional development and recognizing skills growth. Here’s how it benefits everyone:

Security Professionals

The PWM offers a clear career pathway, linking wage increases to skill upgrades and improved productivity. This motivates continuous learning and rewards valuable contributions.


With a more skilled and motivated workforce, businesses experience enhanced productivity and service quality, ultimately translating to increased profits.

Service Buyers

Businesses and organizations receiving security services benefit from higher standards and better service quality, contributing to a safer and more efficient security landscape.

Who does it cover? The PWM applies to both full-time and part-time Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) employed in the security sector. Even employers relying on Work Permits, S Passes, or Employment Passes must comply with PWM requirements for their local employees to ensure fair wages and a level playing field.

The Security PWM’s Roadmap to Success. The security industry in Singapore boasts a structured career path powered by the Progressive Wage Model (PWM). This model equips security officers with a clear five-level roadmap, starting as a Security Officer (SO) and ascending to the helm as a Chief Security Officer (CSO). What defines each level? A combination of specialized training, accumulated experience, distinct job duties, and, most importantly, progressive raises in minimum basic salary.

Wage Requirements. Dive deeper into these exciting year-on-year increases with the detailed information extracted from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website, provided below.

Security Progressive Wage Model (PWM) Training Requirements.



Duties of Security Officer (SO)

Screening, Patrolling and guarding, Access and egress control, Incident response, Acting as a bodyguard or bouncer

*With effect from 1 January 2024, all security officers must complete RTT training before they can be deployed at ANY site.

Duties of Senior Security Officer (SSO)

Operate security and safety systems, Regulate traffic (Road Traffic Act), Monitor security or fire command centre, Assist ministries, statutory boards or government departments in law enforcement duties, Key press management

Experience required as Security Officer (SO) to progress to Senior Security Officer (SSO): + 6 months experience

SECURITY SUPERVISOR (SS) Duties of Security Supervisor (SS)

In charge of security or fire command centre with 3 or fewer personnel, Incident management and reporting, Direct supervision, Execute evacuation plans and exercises

Experience required as Senior Security Officer (SSO) to progress to Security Supervisor (SS): + 1 year experience