Wage raise or not? Premier to hear out big data re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Ev­ery sum­mer, whether a pay raise for gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees will be ap­proved by the Cab­i­net be­comes a point of wide­spread spec­u­la­tion.

This year, Premier Mao Chikuo ( ) or­ga­nized a tech­ni­cal group to as­sist Cab­i­net de­part­ments in utiliz­ing “big data.” Ac­cord­ing to Cab­i­net spokesman Sun Lih-chyun ( ), Mao said that many have been talk­ing about big data, how­ever, few re­ally know how to draw us­able in­for­ma­tion from it. To im­prove pol­icy-mak­ing with more ac­cu­rate anal­y­sis, he or­dered a group of tech­ni­cians to as­sist of­fi­cials in us­ing the sys­tem prop­erly.

Ac­cord­ing to Sun, on Wed­nes­day the premier will be lis­ten­ing to the re­sults of analy­ses con­ducted by com­mit­tees which are in­volved in de­cid­ing whether a pay raise should be ar­ranged this year. Those re­ports are based on sta­tis­tics drawn from big data, which is a new ap­proach adopted this year, in hopes of pro­vid­ing a pre­cise and de­tailed look into wage volatil­ity at pri­vate en­ter­prises.

Sun added yesterday that the com­mit­tee will be tak­ing many fac­tors into con­sid­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing eco­nomic growth and pay raises within the pri­vate sec­tor, as well as the gov­ern­ment’s bud­get. Around five mil­lion pieces of data will be pre­sented to Mao to­day by the Min­istry of Fi­nance (MOF, ), ac­cord­ing to Sun.

Asked whether a de­ci­sion will be made af­ter the hear­ing, Sun said that all will have to await the com­mit­tee meet­ing in July; how­ever, a gen­eral idea may be pro­posed.

No Rea­son Not To: Vice Premier

Ac­cord­ing to Vice Premier Chang San-cheng ( ), the re­port re­leased by the MOF showed that salaries have risen in the pri­vate sec­tor in the past three years, which has not been the case for the gov­ern­ment sec­tor. “Un­der such cir­cum­stances, it is very likely that gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees will re­ceive a pay raise this year,” he said.

How­ever, of­fi­cials added that once a 3 per­cent pay raise is ap­proved, the bud­get for 2016 will in­crease by around NT$22 bil­lion, which will be a heavy bur­den for the Cab­i­net.

Chang also said that the Ma gov­ern­ment had ap­proved a pay raise for state work­ers in 2011, which was con­ducted in or­der to en­cour­age pri­vate en­ter­prises to fol­low. “The po­si­tion has re­versed now. Gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees will not re­ceive a pay raise un­less the pri­vate sec­tor has done so,” he added.

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