Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday bared that time-rate workers working full time in the electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply industry had the highest monthly basic pay among agricultural and non-agricultural establishments employing 20 workers or more.

“The result of the Occupational Wages Survey (OWS) of the DOLE’s Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), which is now under the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), shows that workers in this industry earned an average basic pay of P19,782, which is 40 percent higher than the national average basic pay of P11,618,” said Baldoz.

The next highest-paid workers, according to the survey, are those in the information and communications industry, with average basic pay of P18,440; followed by those in the financial and insurance sector, with average pay of P17,885.

The lowest-paid workers are those belonging in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector, whose average pay was pegged at P7,675.

Baldoz cautioned, however, that the average basic pay have changed, as the survey, done every two years, reflect 2012 data. The next OWS survey will be this year.

“Agriculture, forestry, and fishing was included in the OWS for the first time. This is also the first time that the survey adopted the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC), the latest “classification of industries prevailing in the country based on the productive activities undertaken by establishments.” The PSIC has been revised by the National Statistical Coordination Board.

Baldoz said the survey also shows that workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) received the highest basic pay at P13,450, higher than the national average of P11,618. The NCR was followed by Region 4-A, where workers received P9,330. Workers from the rest of the 17 regions received average basic pay ranging from P7,309 to P8,932.

Other highlights of the OWS are as follows:

•         Only a very small proportion of workers, 1.3 percent, received 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 in 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.

Baldoz said the OWS is one of the designated statistical activities under E.O. 352 which requires the generation of critical data for decision-making in government and the private sector.



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