Salaries, wages dismal for certain services in 2020

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

SALARIES and wages in several services are expected to shrink this year from the impact of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM) chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin (picture) said most affected will be those in wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, transportation and storage, accommodation, food and beverage services, and arts, entertainment and recreational activities.

However, the salaries and wages statistics in 2019 were not affected by the negative impact caused by the pandemic.

DoSM’s latest report titled “Salaries and Wages Survey Report, Malaysia, 2019” stated that mean monthly salaries and wages increased from RM3,087 to RM3,224 (4.4%) within the same period.

“The number of salaries and wages recipients was 9.2 million persons in 2019, a 5% increase from 8.8 million persons in 2018. The value of median monthly salaries and wages recorded an increase from RM2,308 in 2018 to RM2,442 (5.8%) in 2019.

“The increase of salaries and wages in 2019 was in line with Malaysia’s economic performance which recorded a growth of 4.4% at current price in 2019,” said Mohd Uzir.

Last year, the median monthly salaries and wages received by male employees was RM2,477 and female employees RM2,370, an increase of 5.8% and 6.4% respectively compared to 2018.

The mean monthly salaries and wages for male employees increased by 4.1% to RM3,304 and female employees increased by 5% to RM3,108 compared to the previous year.

He noted that the value of median and mean monthly salaries and wages for employees with tertiary education remained high, growing by 6.9% and 2% respectively.

DoSM also reported that last year, the median monthly salaries and wages of employees in urban areas increased to RM2,565 at the rate of 6.2% compared to employees in rural areas which increased to RM1,560 at the rate of 5.3%.

However, the mean monthly salaries and wages showed a reversing trend whereby the percentage change rate of salaries and wages in rural areas was higher (6%) compared to employees in urban areas (4%) for the year 2019.

The report presents the annual statistics of salaries and wages obtained from the Salaries and Wages Survey 2019.

Meanwhile, Mohd Uzir, who is the 2020 Census commissioner, urged all citizens to give full cooperation and commitment to the Malaysian Population and Housing Census 2020.

Phase 1 of the 2020 Census which is from July 7 to Sept 30 is being carried out through an online census method (e-Census), while Phase 2 will be from Oct 7-24, using the face-to-face interview method.