Amendments in EPHA - Licensing of cleaning businesses

  • Licensing of cleaning business has come into operation from 1April 2014. All general cleaning businesses in Singapore, even if these services form only part of their overall business, shall be licensed before 1 September 2014.
  • Persons engaging general cleaning services shall ensure their cleaning service providers are licensed from 1 September 2014.
  • Licensees shall have written employment contracts, provide training and have a progressive wage plan so as to ensure that cleaners receive wages that are commensurate with their skills, training and productivity.
  • The Progressive Wage Model requirement will be implemented for all new contracts, which cover all service contracts from 1 April 2014 and for all other existing service contracts  from 1 September 2015.
  • At least 50 per cent of the cleaning staff trained in at least one module within the Environmental Cleaning Workforce Skills Qualifications framework at the point of first application and 100%  trained at the time of the first renewal of licence.
  • Please refer to the joint press release from MOM, WDA and NEA on 1 Apr 2014 available at www.nea.gov.sg.