Retail & wholesale workers enjoy salary increase in December

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Workers engaged in the wholesale and retail trade enjoyed an increase of 2.6 per cent year-on-year in average earnings to MOP12,800 (US$1,599) for the last month of 2016, the latest survey on manpower needs and wages by the Statistics and Census Services (DSEC) has revealed.
For selected occupations, DSEC data shows that the average monthly earnings of retail shop salespersons or stock keepers, in particular, enjoyed an increase of 8 per cent, amounting to MOP12,530 for the month.
Sales representatives, however, saw their monthly earnings decline by 6.5 per cent year-on-year to MOP14,000 in the same month.
Apart from the trade sector, other industries covered in the report – namely, transport, storage & communications, security activities and public sewage & refuse disposal activities – saw the average earnings of their workers rise in the same month compared to one year ago.
In particular, the monthly average earnings of those in public sewage & refuse disposal activities jumped 8.4 per cent year-on-year to MOP17,730 in December, while those in security activities, and transport, storage & communications saw their monthly salary increase 1.8 per cent and 4.5 per cent year-on-year, amounting to MOP13,030 and MOP20,970, respectively.
In terms of job vacancies, the sector of wholesale & trade had 4,108 job vacancies during the fourth quarter of 2016, the highest number among other sectors and an increase of 328 positions year-on-year.
The industry’s recruitment rate rose by 1.2 percentage points year-on-year to 5.9 per cent for the quarter, while turnover went up 0.4 percentage points to 5.6 per cent.
Meanwhile, job openings in transport, storage & communications decreased by 161 year-on-year in the quarter for 734. In addition, vacancies in security activities fell by 199 year-on-year to 1,051.