The findings were based on the Comprehensive Labour Force Survey conducted in mid-2018 by the ministry's research and statistics department.
After taking into account inflation, the median gross monthly income grew by 3.5 per cent a year from 2013 to 2018, significantly higher than 1.9 per cent a year from 2008 to 2013, the ministry said.
Lower-income earners – those at the 20th percentile – saw their median income grow 4.2 per cent a year over the past five years. MOM said this could be the result of curbs on foreign hiring and initiatives such as the Wage Credit Scheme, which co-funds wage increases for lower-income Singaporeans.
EMPLOYMENT UP AMONG ELDERLY RESIDENTS
The employment rate among Singaporeans and PRs was 80.3 per cent for those aged 25 to 64, slightly lower than the 80.7 per cent last year. This puts Singapore in the eighth position for employment rate among OECD economies, and fourth for full-time employment, the ministry said.
Among those aged 65 and above, the employment rate rose to 26.8 per cent in June this year compared to 25.8 per cent in the same period last year.
Source: Ministry of Manpower
"Efforts to improve the employability of older workers encouraged more to stay on, and those previously outside the labour force to return to employment," MOM said.
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