Labor survey rates workers’ basic pay

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Workers in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply industry receive the highest monthly basic pay, a survey by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) revealed.

The Occupational Wages Survey (OWS) showed that workers in that sector receive an average basic pay of P19,782 –  40 percent higher than the national average basic pay of P11,618.

The survey revealed that information and communications industry workers are the second highest paid, with an average basic pay of P18,440, followed by the financial and insurance workers with P17,885.

Workers in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors are the lowest paid with P7,675.


“Agriculture, forestry and fishing were included in the OWS for the first time,” Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz noted, adding that the OWS had adopted for the first time the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC).

She said the survey is done every two years, and that the result released by the DOLE was based on 2012 data.

The next survey will be made in 2015, Baldoz said.

Workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) received the highest basic pay at P13,450.

Region 4-A workers receive P9, 330, and those from the rest of the 17 regions receive from P7,309 to P8,932.

The survey found that 1.3 percent received a basic pay of between P3,000 and P5,999, and almost three out of 10 workers, or 28.1 percent, received a basic pay ranging from P6,000 to P8,999.

Almost the same proportion of workers, or 27.2 percent, received P9,000 to P11,999.

Other OWS findings:

  • Nearly half (46.4 percent) did not receive regular allowances
  • 17 percent received monthly allowances of P500 to P999
  • 9.5 percent took home monthly allowances of P1,000 to P1,499
  • 11.8 percent of the workers received allowances of P2,000 and higher.

Professional, scientific, and technical workers received the highest monthly allowances of P2,325, while workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector received the lowest, P408.

Workers in nine regions, led by Regions 9, 10, and 6, received higher allowances than the national average of P862.

“Only workers in Regions 4-A, 1, 11, and 12 received lower allowances than the national average,” the OWS said.

OWS is under the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), which comes out with statistics for wage and salary administration and for wage determination in collective bargaining negotiations. BLES is under the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

ROBERTZON F. RAMIREZ

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