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Written Answer by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on Breakdown of Income by Percentile

Notice Paper No. 332 of 2013 For The Sitting On 16 Sep 2013
Question No. 597 For Written Answer

MP: Mr Patrick Tay

To ask the Acting Minister for Manpower what is the breakdown of Singaporean, permanent resident and foreign Professionals, Managers and Executives in Singapore from 2011 to 2012 according to the various industries/sectors which include Manufacturing, Construction, Services, Banking & Finance and IT & Communications.


  1. Breakdown of gross monthly income from full-time work by the 50th to 80th percentile in 2011 and 2012 for residents and Singapore Citizens are provided in Table 1. Comparable data are only available for gross monthly income and residents and Singaporeans.
  2. The median gross monthly income of residents is typically higher than that for Singapore Citizens alone as permanent residents typically have to display good employability before they are granted residency.

    Table 1: Gross Monthly Income from Work of Full-Time Employed Residents and Singapore Citizens by Percentile, 2011 and 2012 (As At June)
    (In Dollars)
      Residents Singapore Citizen
    2011 2012 2011 2012
    Including Employer CPF P50 3,249 3,480 3,070 3,248
    P60 4,000 4,196 3,754 4,000
    P70 5,000 5,220 4,736 5,000
    P80 6,422 6,800 6,064 6,409
    Excluding Employer CPF P50 2,925 3,000 2,708 2,925
    P60 3,500 3,750 3,313 3,500
    P70 4,404 4,667 4,225 4,375
    P80 5,760 6,000 5,417 5,667
    Source: Comprehensive Labour Force Survey, MOM

    1. Data exclude Full-Time National Servicemen.
    2. Residents refer to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
    3. Full-time employment refers to employment where the normal hours of work is 35 hours or more in a week.
    4. Gross monthly income refers to income earned from employment. For employees, it refers to the gross monthly wages or salaries before deduction of employee CPF contributions and personal income tax. It comprises basic wages, overtime pay, commissions, tips, other allowances and one-twelfth of annual bonuses. For self-employed persons, gross monthly income refers to the average monthly profits from their business, trade or profession (i.e. total receipts less business expenses incurred) before deduction of income tax.