17 December 2010

Full-Time Employment Income In Singapore

The 1,786,200 residents in Singapore engaged in full-time employment as at 30 June 2010 derived gross monthly income from work as follows:

893,100 had gross monthly income from work of more than $2,710 (the median).

630,400 had gross monthly income from work of between $1,200 and $2,710.

262,700 had gross monthly income from work of less than $1,200.

No data were available for the number of residents engaged in full-time employment whose monthly income from work was less than $1,800, or two-thirds of the median income, which indicator is used by International Labour Organisation to define low wages.

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Reference: Singapore Workforce, 2010.

An employed person is defined as a person aged fifteen years and over who, during the reference period (the week preceding the date of the survey interview) either: (i) worked for one hour or more for pay, profit or family gains; or (ii) had a job or business to return to but was temporarily absent because of illness, injury, breakdown of machinery at workplace, labour management dispute or other reasons.  National servicemen are excluded.

A person is defined as being employed full time if his normal hours of work are 35 hours or more in a week.  Prior to 2009, the threshold was 30 hours or more a week.


This is an update of the post that was first published on 2 December 2010.

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