The proper classification of a PME
PUBLISHED ON 22 Jun 2018
Do you earn less than $2,500 a month? Not compensated with overtime pay or off-in-lieu hours for working outside your official working hours?

If this sounds like you, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Assistant Secretary-General Mr Patrick Tay warned that you may be a “disguised” PME (Professional, Manager and Executive).

In a post on the NTUC’s official blog on 21 June 2018, Mr Tay explained that this is a case where an employee’s job title may have been inflated by the employer.

Mr Tay, an MP for West Coast GRC and also Chairman of the Manpower Government Parliamentary Committee, said it is estimated that there are more than 30,000 who are classified as PMEs – but earn less than $2,500 per month.

Mr Tay noted that the NTUC has seen PMEs in similar situations coming for workplace advisory.

“It is a stark reminder to all employers and human resource leaders to use the terms ‘managers and executives’ with care and due diligence. This is particularly so as some have been known to wrongly classify their workers to avoid them being represented by unions on the basis that they are in a conflicted position with their ‘managerial and executive’ powers,” Mr Tay added.

Mr Tay urged workers, especially those whose monthly salary is below $2,500, to re-examine their employment contract, job role, scope and powers as they may fall within the purview of the Employment Act and be entitled to overtime payments.

“If unsure, union members can approach their unions, and all workers can seek assistance from the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) or Ministry of Manpower,” Mr Tay said.

Read the full blog post.