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Median income growth: MOM says +1%, PSD says -0.6%?

March 29
16:20 2012

~ By Leong Sze Hian ~

I refer to the article "1.618 months pro-rated National Bonus for political office-holders" (TODAY, March 27) which states that, "For 2011, there was no payout under the real median income growth rate indicator, as it was -0.6 per cent. There was, however, a 50 per cent payout level for real growth rate of the lowest 20th percentile income indicator as it saw a 1.8 per cent growth".

However, according to the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) Employment Situation 2011 report, the real median income growth rate of Singaporean workers in 2011 was 1 per cent – which was the figure that was widely reported in the media (together with 2.5 per cent figure for the 20th percentile.

Why is it that the MOM's figures differ from that used by the Public Service Division (PSD) of the Prime Minister's Office in calculating the National Bonus for political office-holders (2011 National Bonus for Political Appointment Holders)?


If you are interested in this issue, then do read the following articles as well:
Labour Market report: Income dropped – 0.7%?
Jobs in Singapore – 2011 income growth, 1% or 0.7%?

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  • alapak!

    alapak!
    if your salary is $1000,what diff does it makes if 1 pct or 0.6 pct. or even zero pct?
    thanks to pap for our first world stnadard of salaries.
     

  • Damn

    First, they churned out figures to confuse layman like us. Now, they themselves are confused?? Maybe the miw need real talent like Mr Leong to sort out their figures,

  • Lye Khuen Way

    Whenever, there is any % or plain numbers that do not add up, Mr Leong can be count upon to raise his hand .
    We must conclude from all the non-replies from the relevant Authorities, that they are either :-
    1) caught with their pants down,
    2) felt that as they were not directly asked, then they can ignore,
    3) their boss's boss had given strict orders not to reply,
    4) All of the above !
     

  • Alfretz

    Why is it that the MOM's figures differ from that used by the Public Service Division (PSD) of the Prime Minister's Office in calculating the National Bonus for political office-holders (2011 National Bonus for Political Appointment Holders)? A very good question indeed.

  • Black-dot

    Oh very simple, no one is suppose to ask questions!

    The PAP presumes people are ignorant and do not check stats!

    Well they are wrong! Again! And Again! And Again!

  • Rudaft

    LKY said Singaporeans are daft, maybe PAP really believe we are daft.
     
    But the joke is on them, their people are the real daft ones, consistently churning out consistently inconsistently numbers:)

  • BK

    I have never believed  in Singapore's propagandist MSM. And I believe majority of Singaporeans don't either. So much for professional and truthful reporting.

  • 2016

    Time for change. If not we sporeans will be replaced.

  • traveller

    Both statistics are not reflective. In the private sector, annual wage increment is as follows:
    1) Banking:15-20%
    2) Consulting: 10-15%
    3) Legal: 10-15%
    4) Oil & Gas: 8-10%
    5) Pharmaceutical/Biomedical: 8-10%
    6) Aerospace: 8-10%
    7) Commodities Trading: 8-10%
    8) Professional Services: 7-8%
    9) IT: 6-7%
    10) Engineering: 5-6%
    Most Singaporeans work in the above sectors, so Singaporeans income have been seeing very good increase.

  • Ben

    I never get any increase last 7 years. Traveller you are big BS.
    IT/Engineering even worst, so many Indians/PRCs/Mynamars/Pinoys accept low pay.
     

  • Py

    We need more Sze Hian to tell us the truth.

  • Hard truths

    Hard truths about statistics 101: Your numbers paint the picture that you want.

  • Sobeit

    Statistics are not gospel truths. You are clever if you know how to massage it to suit your purpose. Our Government has many agenda up their sleeves and giving data to confuse and confound you is surely one of the smartest way to govern daft Singaporeans… Unfortunately, when majority Singaporeans stare at their pay and what their purchasing powers are, there is no running away if you are well or un-well. PAPies knows how to fill their pockets and bowls with goodies and pretend everybody else is also similarly blessed.
    Evil begets evil!

  • iSMASHtravellerBAG

     
    traveller29 March 2012

    Both statistics are not reflective. In the private sector, annual wage increment is as follows:

    9) IT: 6-7%
    10) Engineering: 5-6%
    Most Singaporeans work in the above sectors, so Singaporeans income have been seeing very good increase
    …………………..    
    wuy mey?
    when did you open an IT shop or managed a pilin company?
    which staff under you get the above increased as you STATED?
    please produced ira81b form to verify…you cannot cheat the comptroller of income tax

     

  • guan shi yin pu sha

    Py 30 March 2012
    We need more Sze Hian to tell us the truth.
     
    ——
     
    we are already the boiling frogs for pappies, but we choose to be reactive and passive and always waiting for people to help us…
    when you calculate your income vs expenses breakdown, you understand what it means
    when you see reports of increase year after years, month after months, etc you understand what it means
    when you hear pappies and their mouthpieces say it is time to brace for emergencies and no good economics, yet year end they declare better promotion, bonues, payes, you know what it means
    year after years, they increase the fares without help the less fortunate like handicaps and poly students, you know what it means…
    not reprimanding anyone, but hopefully all dafts and half asleep wakes up… quantify everything and we know what it meants…
     
    pappies creates reports confusingly and they loses more credibilities…
     
    pathetic pappies

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  • David

    Govt statistics are not to be believed. This govt was, is, and will forever be clueless and confused of themselves. Does it really matter now? all that fanciful figures are politically motivated that it can easily pluck from the sky to play with readers' mind and made the ruling party feel good about themselves to justify great bonus and cover up the ills.

  • VISION

    S'poreans are in a very precarious situation in that their interests and well-being are continuosly been undermined by the regime they supported.Self enriching,scheming and threats are their tools in making us subservient.Their mismanagement and incompetencies have taken a serious toll in our daily routines.The future is very bleak if nothing sensational happen to our beloved country.Let's together put our heart and soul in making S'pore  a more congenial place for the family.

  • woody

    I never trust MOM's figure.All for show. 

  • check your facts

    This is misleading. The two sets of data are different. One looks at full time and part time workers, the other only at full time. Also, PSD has the most updated figures. The MOM figures are until June.

    TOC, you are wrong here. Please publish a corrected article. I thought your mission was to inform, not mislead.

  • iRUBmomBUTTOCKs

     
    check your facts30 March 2012

    This is misleading. One looks at full time and part time workers, the other only at full time.
    …………….  
    so? partime fulltime different mey? ow come pap mp/ministers are paid fulltime when they only worked partime?

     

  • Lampardlingus

    The real underlying problem is singaporeans rather not question even though they know very well many things are questionable like commonsense.
    The People is the Real problem.
    Mentality cannot be changed in this case with singaporeans. This is why they are who they are.
     
     

  • eaglefly

    DAFTS ARE DAFT
     
    REASON WHY THIS GOV IS TEALING YOOUR MONEY ALL THESE YEARS AND AGAIN…………
     
    "KICK THEM ALL OUT" WAS THE MOTTO 2011,
     
    WHAT HAPPEN, THAT CLOWN TT WAS ELECTED…
     
    HOW DAFT CAN LOCALS GET………….
     
    BODERS ON "STUPIDO"
     
    LIKE TO GET SCREWED, AGAIN AND AGAIN………
     
    LOCALS JUST "LOVED" IT
     
    MUST BE VERY LOOSE AHOLE BY NOW

  • hahaha

    As always, MSM kowtows to the government, cannot report independently. Even facts must be encrypted to look positive.

  • bodoh

    MR LEONG AND THE PEOPLE HERE WHO ARE IGNORANT.
    DO YOU NOT READ THAT MOM REPORT IS OF JUNE 2011, WHIE PSD NUMBER IS FOR FULL YEAR ????
    READ FIRST!!

  • Poor singaporean

    While many Singaporean lost their jobs to foreigners, PAP stated:

    Economy grew by 9.9% on-quarter in Q1 2012, reversing the 2.5% contraction in the previous quarter. The growth exceeded forecast of 6.3%.

    So it does not matter how the FORMULA to be, they will make up to get big bonus in any formula!

    This is poor governing policy to satisfy their own greed to get millions salary and good bonus and let his own Singaporean poor as it is without know how to care to serve their master…. What a civil servant!!!!

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