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Sign-on Bonus and Starting Salary for Home Team (Police, Civil Defence, ICA, Prison Service and Central Narcotics Bureau)

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Singapore’s Home Team comprises of 10 agencies, which include 1 Ministry HQ, 7 departments, 2 statboards.

No.Name of agency under Home TeamType of agency
1Ministry of Home AffairsMinistry HQ
2Singapore Police ForceDepartment under Home Team
3Internal Security DepartmentDepartment under Home Team
4Singapore Civil Defence ForceDepartment under Home Team
5Immigration and Checkpoints AuthorityDepartment under Home Team
6Singapore Prison ServiceDepartment under Home Team
7Central Narcotics BureauDepartment under Home Team
8Home Team AcademyDepartment under Home Team
9Casino Regulatory AuthorityStatboard
10Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative EnterprisesStatboard

With each of the department providing a possible career path for Singaporeans, we dive deeper into the salary and sign-on benefits with Home Team for those who are thinking of progressing their career in this area.

Very much like the Singapore Armed Forces one that we wrote a while back, we look at the starting salary and sign-on benefits for signing on with the ICA, Police, Civil Defence, Singapore Prison Service, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Hopefully, it helps Singaporeans make a smarter financial decision for their career (taking the passion out of the equation for this one).


TL;DR- Salary and sign-on benefits with Singapore’s Home Team

Thinking of embarking on a Police Force Career? We compared the starting salary and sign-on bonus between Singapore Civil Defence Force, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Singapore Police Force, Central Narcotics Bureau and Singapore Prison Services between various scheme.

Agency under Home TeamDirect-Entry Inspector/ LieutenantDirect-Entry SergeantHome Affairs Senior Executive
(HASE)
Management ExecutiveExtended Management Executive OfficerHome Team Specialist
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
(ICA)
$3,670 - $4,556$1,670 - $2,572

Sign-on Bonus: $8,000
-$1,560 - $2,414--
Singapore Police Force
(SPF)
$3,940 - $5,090$1,820 - $2,690

Sign-on Bonus: $10,000 - $30,000
$3,100 - $4,050-$1,520 – $2,200$2,140 - $4,350
Singapore Civil Defence Force
(SCDF)
$3,890 -$4,921$1,916 - $2,614

Sign-on Bonus: $10,000
----
Singapore Prison Service$3,890 - $4,949
Rehabilitation Officer
$1,916 - $2,748

Sign-on Bonus: $10,000
-$3,100 - $4,038$1,900 -$2,402$3,220 - $4,158
Central Narcotics Bureau
(CNB)
$3,890 - $4,899$2,360 - $2,748

Sign-on Bonus: $10,000
$3,100 - $4,038
-$1,560 - $2,340-

Here are some suggestions on how one can better use their lump sum sign-on bonus:


Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Salary and Sign On Benefits

source: ica.gov.sg

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) offers 4 different career progression schemes.

They are:

  • Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector
  • Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant
  • Management Executive
  • Temporary Customer Service/ Administrative Assistant

The Home Affairs Service (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector Scheme

The starting pay of a Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector ranges from $3,670 to $4,556.

The entry requirement for a ICA Direct-Entry Inspector is a degree in any discipline.

An ICA Inspector’s salary varies according to degree honours accolade, performance during the interview, any relevant work experience and if he has completed his full-time National Service.

Educational QualificationStarting Monthly Salary
First Class Honours
Second (Upper) Class Honours
$3,920 to $4,556
Second (Lower) Class Honours
Third Class Honours
Pass
$3,670 to $4,344

One will need to serve a one-year bond upon completing training.

The Home Affairs Service (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant Scheme

A typical Home Affairs Service (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant receives a one-time Sign-On Bonus of $8,000 in total ($3,000 paid upon signing on and $5,000 upon confirmation after one-year probation).

The starting pay of a Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant depends on academic standing, relevant work experience and if he has completed full-time National Service.

Educational QualificationStarting Monthly Salary
Diploma
(5 local polytechnics/ NAFA/ LASALLE)
$2,230 to $2,572
GCE 'A' Level
(Pass GP/ KI)
$2,040 to $2,572
IB Diploma/ NUS High School Diploma
Higher Nitec$1,670 to $1,980
Nitec
GCE 'O' Level

One will need to serve a two years bond to be eligible for the sign-on bonus. A retention bonus will be paid in the third and fifth years of service, and range from $6,000 to $10,000.

Management Executive

The starting pay of a Management Executive depends on academic standing, relevant work experience and if he has completed full-time National Service.

Educational QualificationStarting Monthly Salary
Polytechnic Diploma$2,050 to $2,414
Two GCE 'A' Level passes
(one sitting)
$1,700 to $1,848
Higher Nitec
Nitec$1,560 to $1,708
Five GCE 'O' Level Passes
(including English and Maths)

Singapore Police Force (SPF) Salary and Sign-on Benefits

The Singapore Police Force has two main vocations, namely the Police Officer Scheme and Civilian Officer Scheme.

The Direct-Entry Inspector Police Officer Scheme

The starting pay of a Direct-Entry Inspector Police Officer ranges from $3,940 – $5,090.

The SPF Inspector Police Officer salary varies according to performance during the interview, any relevant work experiences and if he has completed his full-time National Service.

Uniformed officers are eligible for retirement benefits under the INVEST Scheme, a scheme which invests 13.25% of gross salary to earn investment returns for retirement. Upon retirement, the officer can withdraw the full sum.

The Direct-Entry Sergeant Scheme

A typical Police Force Direct-Entry Sergeant receives a one-time Sign-On Bonus of $10,000 (Higher NITEC, NITEC and GCE ‘O’ Level) or $30,000 (Diploma holders of local Polytechnics, International Baccalaureate (IB), NUS High School, NAFA, LASELLE and ITE Technical Engineering or GCE ‘A’ Level).

The starting pay of a Police Force Direct-Entry Sergeant depends on academic standing, relevant work experiences and if he has completed full-time National Service.

 

Educational QualificationStarting Monthly Salary
Polytechnic Diploma$2,210 - $2,690
GCE 'A' Levels
Higher Nitec$1,820 - $2,190
Nitec
GCE 'O' Levels

One will need to serve a five years bond to be eligible for the sign-on bonus. A retention bonus will be paid throughout the first 13 years of service, and payout ranges from $30,000 to $50,000.

Similar to Inspector police officers, Sergeants are also eligible for retirement benefits under the INVEST Scheme at a contribution of 7.75% of gross salary.

Home Affairs Senior Executive (HASE) Scheme

The starting pay of a Management Executive Grade 13 (entry grade) ranges from $3,100 to $4,050. It depends on academic standing, relevant work experiences and if he has completed full-time National Service.

A degree in any discipline when signing-on for this role.

Extended Management Executive Officer Scheme

The starting pay of an Extended Management Executive Officer depends on academic standing, relevant work experiences and if he has completed full-time National Service.

Appointment GradeMinimum qualification requiredGross Salary Range
Management Executive Grade 14 (Entry Grade)
Diploma$2,000 – $2,200
Management Executive Grade16 (entry grade)NITEC/ Higher NITEC/ GCE 'A'/ GCE 'O'/ IB diploma/ NUS High School diploma Level holders$1,520 – $1,840

Commercial Affairs Officer (CAO) with the Commercial Affairs Department

To be a Commercial Affairs Officer (CAO) with the Commercial Affairs Department, one needs to have a pass degree in Accountancy, Law, Business Administration, Business or Economics.

The starting pay of a Commercial Affairs Officer ranges from $3,650 – $4,680, with a requirement of Grade 13 (entry grade).

Appointment GradeMinimum qualification requiredGross Salary Range
Management Executive Grade 13 (Entry Grade)
Pass degree in Accountancy, Law, Business Administration, Business or Economics$3,650 – $4,680

Home Team Specialist Scheme

The Home Team Specialist Scheme is made up of 4 departments, all equipped with deep technical knowledge in their field.

The Home Team Specialist is made up of

  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
  • Police Intelligence Department (PID)
  • Police Psychological Services Division (PPSD)
  • Police Technology Department (PTD)

For each department and post, here are the educational requirements:

DepartmentPostMinimum qualification required
Criminal Investigation Department
(CID)
Senior Crime Scene Specialist
(Home Team Specialist-Criminal Forensics)
Honours Degree in Sciences or other relevant degrees
Crime Scene Specialist
(Home Team Specialist-Criminal Forensics)
Diploma in Sciences or other relevant diplomas
Police Intelligence Department
(PID)
Analyst
(Home Team Specialist – Criminal Intelligence)
Honours Degree in any discipline from a recognised university
Police Psychological Services Division
(PPSD)
Psychologist
(Home Team Specialist – Criminal Intelligence)
Honours Degree in Psychology from a recognised university
Police Technology Department
(PTD)
Project Manager
(Home Team Specialist - Protective Security)
Honours Degree in Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical Engineering or other relevant degrees which are recognised and accredited by the relevant engineering authorities

The starting pay of Home Team Specialist is as such:

Appointment GradeQualification Starting Monthly Salary
Home Team Specialist Grade 13 (entry grade)Degree Holders$3,220 - $4,350
Home Team Specialist Grade 15 (entry grade)Diploma Holders$2,140 - $2,370

Technical Support Officer

To be a Technical Support Officer, the entry requirement is to

Appointment GradeQualification Starting Monthly Salary
Technical Support Officer Grade6 (entry grade)Diploma Holders$2,000 – $2,410
Technical Support Officer Grade8 (entry grade) NITEC/ Higher NITEC/ GCE 'A' Level/ GCE 'O' Level$1,570 – $1,870

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Salary and Sign On Benefits

Very much like the Singapore Police Force, the Civil Defence Force has two main vocations, namely the Uniformed and Civilian Scheme.

The Direct-Entry Lieutenant Civil Defence Scheme

The starting pay of a Direct-Entry Inspector Police Officer ranges from $3,890 -$4,921.

SCDF Lieutenant salary varies according to performance during the interview, any relevant work experiences and if he has completed his full-time National Service.

Uniformed officers are eligible for retirement benefits under the INVEST Scheme, a scheme which invests 7.75% of gross salary to earn investment returns for retirement. Upon retirement, the officer can withdraw the full sum.

The Direct-Entry Sergeant (Fire and Rescue Specialist/ Paramedic) Scheme

A typical Civil Defence Direct-Entry Sergeant (Fire and Rescue Specialist/ Paramedic) receives a one-time Sign-On Bonus of $10,000 upon appointment.

The starting pay of a Civil Defence Direct-Entry Sergeant depends on academic standing, relevant work experiences and if he has completed full-time National Service.

For a Direct-Entry Sergeant (Fire and Rescue Specialist/ Paramedic) salary ranges from $1,916 – $2,614.

One will need to serve a five years bond to be eligible for the sign-on bonus. A retention bonus will be paid throughout the first 13 years of service, and payout ranges from $7,000 to $10,000.

Direct-Entry Sergeants from both the Fire and Rescue and Paramedic sides are also eligible for the INVEST Retirement Package. Like their Lieutenant counterparts, they also get 7.75% of gross salary credited to their retirement accounts.

On top of the above, Singapore Civil Defence Force offers the Home Affairs Senior Executive (HASE), Extended Management Executive (E-MXS) Officer, Home Team Specialist Scheme and Technical Support Officer scheme, very much like the Singapore Police Force.


Singapore Prison Service Salary and Sign-On Benefits

 

The Singapore Prison Service offers two main career route, namely the Prison Officer Scheme and the Civilian Officer Scheme.

The Prison Officer Scheme with the Singapore Prison Service

The starting pay of a Prison Officer ranges from $1,916 to $4,949.

Singapore Prison Officers’ salaries vary according to performance during the interview, any relevant work experiences and if he has completed his full-time National Service.

RankQualification Starting Monthly Salary
Direct Entry Sergeant (Sgt 1 or Sgt 2)Minimally 5 GCE 'O' Levels credits$1,916 - $2,748
Rehabilitation Officer 1Degree in any discipline$3,890 - $4,949

Newly appointed Prison Officers who have a full ‘A’ level or Diploma (5 local Polys/ IB/ NAFA/ LASALLE/ NUS High School etc.) will receive a sign-on bonus of $10,000 (given in 2 tranches of $3,000 and $7,000 respectively).

Under the INVEST scheme, a contribution equivalent to 7.75% and 13.25% of gross salary will be credited monthly into your retirement account for Sergeants and Rehab Officers respectively.

The Civilian Officer Scheme with the Singapore Prison Service

The Civilian Officer Scheme in the Singapore Prison Service is made up of

  • Extended Management Executive Scheme (E-MXS)
  • Home Affairs Senior Executive (HASE)
  • Home Team Specialist Scheme (HTSS) – Psychologist
RankQualification Starting Monthly Salary
Extended Management Executive Scheme (E-MXS)
Management Executive Grade 14 (entry grade)
Diploma $1,900 -$2,402
Management Executive Scheme (MXS)
Management Executive Grade 13 (entry grade)
Degree in any discipline$3,100 - $4,038
Home Team Specialist Scheme (HTSS)
Home Team Specialist Grade 13 (entry grade)
Degree in psychology$3,220 - $4,158

The monthly starting salary for Singapore Prison’s Civilian Officers vary according to assessment during the interview, relevant work experience and completion of Full Time National Service (for males only).


Central Narcotics Bureau CNB Salary and Sign-On Benefits

source: The Straits Times

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has three schemes, namely the Direct-Entry Inspector, Direct- Entry Sergeant and Civilian Scheme.

The Direct-Entry Inspector Scheme with the CNB

The starting pay of a Direct-Entry Inspector Police Officer ranges from $3,890 – $4,899.

CNB Inspectors’ salaries vary according to performance during the interview, any relevant work experiences and if he has completed his full-time National Service.

Uniformed officers are eligible for retirement benefits under the INVEST Scheme, a scheme which invests 7.75% of gross salary to earn investment returns for retirement. Upon retirement, the officer can withdraw the full sum.

The Direct-Entry Sergeant Scheme

A typical Police Force Direct-Entry Sergeant receives a one-time Sign-On Bonus of $10,000 (full ‘A’ Level or Diploma (5 local Polys/ IB/ NAFA/ LASALLE/ NUS High School, etc.)). The bonus will be given in two tranches of $3,000 and $7,000.

The starting pay of a Direct-Entry Sergeant at CNB depends on academic standing, relevant work experiences and if he has completed full-time National Service. The starting salary ranges from $2,360 – $2,748

One will need to serve a five years bond to be eligible for the sign-on bonus. A retention bonus will be paid throughout the first 13 years of service, and payout ranges from $30,000 to $50,000.

Home Affairs Senior Executive (HASE) Scheme

The starting pay of a Management Executive Grade 13 (entry grade) ranges from $3,100 – $4,038.

HASE starting salary depends on academic standing, relevant work experiences and if he has completed full-time National Service.

A degree in any discipline when signing-on for this role.

Extended Management Executive Officer Scheme

The starting pay of an Extended Management Executive Officer Grade 14/16 (entry grade) ranges from $1,560 – $2,340. It depends on academic standing, relevant work experiences and if he has completed full-time National Service.

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