It seems like amidst the bleak economic outlook, there seems like a lot of aid given to help PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) progress in their careers but none for low-wage workers.
But this is obviously not so.
Much is being done to help low-wage workers in the current economic landscape.
One, the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) has been introduced by the NTUC for the security, cleaning and landscape sectors which are considered low-wage.
Not only does the PWM help provide a better chance for an increase in wages for the worker, but the PWM also allows the worker to improve his or her own productivity, skills and job as well.
Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan said during the 2016 Committee of Supply debate for the Manpower Ministry that PWM provide the workers with a clear pathway of career progression, and because of it, the workers “can look forward to earning higher wages, in line with higher skills and productivity improvements”.
Another way the government supports low-wage workers to upgrade their skills so that they are able to stay employable and enjoy higher wage growth is through the Workfare Training Support or WTS.
WTS provides significant support to low-wage workers to upgrade their skills without their employer’s support.
The programme provides 95% course fee funding for any of the courses under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) and part time ITE and polytechnic diplomas.
Apart from all these, the National Wages Council had also recommended a monthly wage increment of $50 to $65 for workers earning a basic salary of up to $1,100.
So if you’re low-wage worker who is worried about the current economic conditions, perhaps its time for you to tap on the initiative to upgrade your skills and take up training courses for a better tomorrow.