The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) is a productivity-based wage progression pathway that aims to increase the salaries of workers through skills upgrading and productivity improvements. It applies to workers in the cleaning, security and landscape sectors.

Wages in these sectors had stagnated because of widespread cheap sourcing and a limited scope for collective bargaining, as prices are locked in once contracts are signed. In turn, the low wages resulted in high turnover and labour shortages.

The PWM benefits workers by mapping out a clear career pathway for their wages to rise along with training and improvements in productivity and standards.

At the same time, higher productivity improves business profits for employers. Service buyers also enjoy better service standards and quality.

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