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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 2 July 2006

Report on Wages in Singapore 2005


Report on Wages in Singapore 2005 and Singapore Yearbook Of Manpower Statistics 2006
Jobs requiring professional and specialist skills continue to command higher salaries, reflecting the premium employers place on knowledge and skills.
In June 2005, professionals received the highest median commencing gross wage at $2,500 per month followed by technicians and associate professionals at $1,703.
New entrants in less skilled jobs started at lower wages eg. clerks at $1,335, sales and service workers at $1,100, plant and machine operators at $1,250 and cleaners and labourers at $755.
Among employees across all years of experience, the median gross wage ranged from $1,000 for cleaners and labourers to $5,699 for managers.
These were the findings of the Ministry of Manpower¡¯s `Report on Wages in Singapore, 2005¡¯.
The Report presents comprehensive information on wages, such as wage changes and bonuses paid in various industries, as well as salaries of over 300 occupations.
The report also includes information on the extent to which employers have restructured their wage systems, in line with the recommendations of the Tripartite Taskforce on Wage Restructuring.
Besides the `Report on Wages in Singapore, 2005¡¯, MOM¡¯s Manpower Research and Statistics Department has published two other annual statistical publications, namely the ¡®Singapore Yearbook of Manpower Statistics, 2006¡¯ and ¡®Manpower Statistics in Brief, 2006¡¯. The information provided will help job-seekers, employers and employees make better informed decisions on career and human resource matters.
The ¡®Singapore Yearbook of Manpower Statistics, 2006¡¯ provides a wide range of statistics on the labour market situation. These include key data on labour force, job vacancies, retrenchments, labour turnover, wages, hours worked, employment conditions, labour relations, industrial safety, higher education and skills training.
The ¡®Manpower Statistics in Brief, 2006¡¯ summarises key data from ¡®Report on Wages in Singapore, 2005¡¯ and the ¡®Singapore Yearbook of Manpower Statistics, 2006¡¯ in a pocket-sized booklet.
The three annual statistical publications can be downloaded free of charge from the Ministry of Manpower¡¯s website at

Source: Press Release 30 Jun 2006

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