Salaries for those working in social service sector need to keep pace with demand

A musical therapist leading patients in a group session at St Andrew's Community Hospital.
A musical therapist leading patients in a group session at St Andrew's Community Hospital.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The growing need for social workers, therapists and special needs teachers has seen recommended salaries in the social service sector increase by about 28 per cent over the past five years.

While the salary guidelines have improved significantly, monetary rewards should not be the main reason why people join or do not join the social service sector, said the deputy chief executive officer of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Dr Fermin Diez.

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