• Time-rate workers ‘highly paid,’ says survey

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    Asurvey made by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) revealed  that time-rate workers—working full time in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply industry–are receiving the highest monthly basic pay among agricultural and non-agricultural establishments.

    The Occupational Wages Survey (OWS) showed that time-rate workers receive an average basic pay of P19,782—or 40-percent higher than the national average basic pay of P11,618. |

    OWS—once under the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) of DOLE—is tasked to generate statistics for wage and salary administration and for wage determination in collective bargaining negotiations. BLES is now under the Philippine Statistics Authority.

    OWS figures show that information and communications industry workers come second in the highest monthly basic pay rate, with average basic pay of P18,440, followed by the financial and insurance workers with average pay of P17,885.

    Workers in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors, however, are the lowest paid, receiving only P7,675 a month.

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

    She clarified that the average basic pay may change, noting that the OWS survey is done every     two years, and that the result released by the DOLE was based on the 2012 data.

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

    In terms of the highest wage earners in different regions in the country, the DOLE official noted that workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) received the highest basic pay at P13,450, higher than the national average of P11,618.

    Following the NCR is Region 4-A, where workers are receiving P9,330, Baldoz said.
    Workers from the rest of the 17 regions received average basic pay ranging from P7,309 to P8,932.

    Also, the OWS highlights that only 1.3 percent received the basic pay of between P3,000 to P5,999; while almost three out of 10 workers, or 28.1 percent, received 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 as average basic pay.

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

    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 monthly allowance of P408.

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

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

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