Covid-19 swabbers & assistants wanted in S'pore, salary of S$3,800 & S$3,400 per month

MOH intends to ramp up the number of Covid-19 tests to 40,000 per day by the later part of the year.

Melanie Lim | May 14, 2020, 07:04 PM


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Over 224,000 tests for Covid-19 have been conducted in Singapore thus far, and the Ministry of Health (MOH) aims to ramp up this number to 40,000 tests per day by the later part of the year.

To facilitate this, a recruitment exercise is being conducted by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).

According to the job application form, individuals who are hired as swab assistants will earn a monthly salary of S$3,400, while those who are converted to swabbers will earn S$3,800 a month.

More tests to be done in Singapore

The recruitment exercise comes after the Multi-Ministry Task Force said on May 12 that it would be testing the entire population of 300,000 migrant workers in dormitories, to facilitate their safe return to work.

All preschool staff in Singapore will also be tested from May 15.


Job applicants must have a minimum education qualification of GCE 'N' levels or a level five Statement of Attainment (SOA) for the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy assessment (WPLN).

They must also be medically fit with no history of chronic diseases and be proficient in English and a mother tongue language (which can be Chinese, Malay and/ or Tamil).

Fluency in dialect and Bengali is a bonus.

Job listing publicised by members of parliament

Members of parliament Tan Chuan Jin and Sun Xueling publicised the recruitment exercise on their Facebook profiles on May 14, attaching a recruitment poster with details of the roles.

Tan said that "this is one small slice in a bigger effort to create more new jobs, temporal or for the longer term".

He encouraged Singaporeans to "look out for and share these opportunities with those who may need it".

Sun also highlighted that the job will "entail risks" and that seniors should not apply, as they are more vulnerable to Covid-19.

Image via Sun Xueling on Facebook.

On-the-job training provided, to work six rotating days a week for six months

According to the poster, there will be on-the-job training on the knowledge and skills to perform swab procedures, including familiarisation with all aspects of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Other roles can also be explored for individuals who are unable to be mask-fitted.

Applicants who are successful may be deployed to various locations such as Community Recovery Facilities, Government Quarantine Facilities, and nursing homes.

They will also have to work six rotating days a week for a period of six months, with an option to extend for three more months.

Here's what each job entails:

Swab assistants

  • Ensure that the right client turns up at stated appointment slot for on-site registration by checking name and ID number against namelist provided by the camp
  • Fill in registration and laboratory forms completely
  • Disinfect tables and chairs after each client during triage and registration. Prepare tissue papers for clients if needed
  • Coordinate with ushers to approach individual client with swab kits (with correct client names) at designated areas
  • Inform client on swab process, potential discomfort and next steps after swabs
  • Prepare and seal specimen bag/s for swabber to deposit specimen container after each swab
  • Triaging of clients


  • Check with verified clients for any respiratory symptoms/contraindications based on checklist provided
  • Coordinate with medical doctors to swab and attend to isolated clients who declared positive for respiratory symptoms/contraindications
  • Double check correct client name labels on swab kits and ensure 1 meter spacing at all times
  • Perform Nasopharyngeal swab procedure to collect specimens for lab testing. Attach patient sticker with lab number onto specimen container after each swab
  • Follow necessary procedures and secure the swab in the UTM on lab provided rack
  • Check in on client's well being at all times before and after swab

Good question

Top image via JurongHealth Campus and Sun Xueling on Facebook