Slowly but surely….
It is almost a given and we are happy for them. When the National Wage Council (NWC) recommends something, the government inevitably listens.
So this year, workers earning S$1,100 or less a month can expect a pay hike of at least S$60 this year. This will the fourth year where the council has proposed a minimum built-in wage increase for such workers. The council previously recommended a built-in wage increase of S$50 in 2012 and S$60 in 2013 and 2014.
This has resulted in fewer workers earning less than S$1,000 a month. The proportion of such workers has gone down from 9.8 per cent in 2012 to 6.8 per cent in 2014. In real terms, some 50,000 to 60,000 workers have crossed the S$1,000 threshold, over the same period.