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Cleaners already earning at least $1,000: Firms

Firms cite tight labour market, criterion to meet foreign worker quota as reasons for higher pay

Published on Jan 12, 2014 8:45 AM
Most bosses are backing the new guidelines, saying the rules will help level the playing field and give them more leeway to raise wages. -- ST FILE PHOTO

The tight labour market has already forced cleaning companies to raise their workers' monthly pay above the prescribed $1,000 mark, bosses told The Sunday Times.

This has driven cleaning costs up - some by almost 40 per cent - over the years.

Contract clients, including those who run hawker centres and building management firms, say they are bracing themselves to be hit harder when their deals are up for renewal later this year.

All cleaning companies will have to adhere to a progressive wage model in order to be licensed after new wage guidelines kick in September.

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Consumers will pay

Cleaning companies and their clients are not the only ones who will feel the pinch. Some say ultimately the increase in costs will be passed on to consumers as well.