Salaries up in social service sector with greater demand

Social service veterans Abhimanyau Pal, 53, and June Tham, 67, said staff are now better trained, and have more professional and career development opportunities, which lead to better-run services. The recommended salary for a social worker fresh out
Social service veterans Abhimanyau Pal, 53, and June Tham, 67, said staff are now better trained, and have more professional and career development opportunities, which lead to better-run services. The recommended salary for a social worker fresh out of university is now $3,400 a month, up 4 per cent from last year.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

The growing need for social workers, therapists and teachers for children with disabilities 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 Dr Fermin Diez, deputy chief executive officer of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2018, with the headline 'Salaries up in social service sector with greater demand'. Print Edition | Subscribe