In­creas­ing trends in Malaysians’ av­er­age monthly salaries and wages

New Straits Times - - Business / News - Za­rina Zakariah and Fairuz Mohd Shahar

PUTRAJAYA: The av­er­age monthly salaries and wages of Malaysians have shown in­creas­ing trends, ac­cord­ing to the stud­ies by the Sta­tis­tics De­part­ment.

The mean monthly salaries and wages of Malaysians recorded an­nual growth of 6.3 per cent to RM2,463 com­pared with RM2,312 in 2015.

Chief statis­ti­cian Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the labour force in the coun­try also rose from RM14.51 mil­lion in 2015 to RM14.66 mil­lion last year.

“The me­dian and mean monthly salaries and wages of em­ploy­ees showed in­creas­ing trends,” he said at a brief­ing on Malaysia’s eco­nomic sta­tis­tics for the first quar­ter of this year.

The mean (av­er­age) monthly salaries and wages refer to all re­mu­ner­a­tion re­ceived be­fore de­duc­tion of the Em­ployee Prov­i­dent Fund con­tri­bu­tions and per­sonal in­come tax.

“If we com­pare the salary and wages by gen­der, the me­dian monthly pay­ment for male em­ploy­ees was RM1,721 com­pared with RM1,685 re­ceived by fe­male em­ploy­ees last year.

“For the mean cat­e­gory, male em­ploy­ees re­ceived RM2,500 a month, higher than fe­male em­ploy­ees, at RM2,398 monthly,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the stud­ies, em­ploy­ees re­sid­ing in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor were the high­est monthly me­dian salary and wage re­cip­i­ents.

They earned be­tween RM2,362 and RM3,250 last year, com­pared with be­tween RM1,700 and 2,067 in 2010. “This is be­cause there are many govern­ment ser­vants and pro­fes­sion­als in Putrajaya... earn­ing (at least) a min­i­mum wage of RM1,000 monthly.

“There is no fac­tory in Putrajaya, only of­fices and com­mer­cial build­ings. So, the num­ber of low­paid em­ploy­ees are much fewer here com­pared with other states. I was in­formed that even a sales­girl in a shop­ping mall earns about RM2,000 monthly,” he said.

On the labour force in the coun­try, Mohd Uzir said it had edged up 0.1 per cent to 14.93 mil­lion in March this year, from 14.92 mil­lion last Fe­bru­ary.

Ear­lier, he said the ser­vices, man­u­fac­tur­ing and agri­cul­ture sec­tors were key con­trib­u­tors to the Malaysian econ­omy in the first quar­ter of this year.

The coun­try’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct grew at 5.6 per cent in the quar­ter against 4.5 per cent pre­vi­ously.

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