Nurses to get 5%-14% salary raise phased over next two years: Koh Poh Koon

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A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at Gleneagles hospital in Singapore.
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at Gleneagles hospital in Singapore. (PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — An estimated 56,300 staff in the public healthcare institutions will receive an increase in their monthly base salaries from July this year.

Nurses can look forward to an increase of 5 to 14 per cent in their monthly base salaries, phased over the next two years.

Allied health professionals, pharmacists and administrative and ancillary staff, including support care staff, can also look forward to an increase of 3 to 7 per cent in their monthly base salaries this year.

"Our healthcare workforce is the lifeblood of our healthcare system, and the work that they do is critical in protecting the health of our society," said Senior Minister of State for Health, Dr Koh Poh Koon, during his ministry's Committee of Supply debate in Parliament on Friday (5 March).

"We must maintain the salary competitiveness of healthcare staff against the overall market to attract and retain quality talent."

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will also increase funding support to publicly-funded community care organisations to ensure that salaries of their staff also remain competitive. An estimated 20,800 staff may benefit from this funding support.

MOH revised the salaries for junior house, medical and dental officers, consultant family physicians as well as newly-promoted associate consultants within its public healthcare institutions in 2019. It will continue to monitor doctors’ and dentists’ salary competitiveness against the market, and review in future when adjustments are necessary.

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