Statistics Mauritius released the survey of employment and earnings in large establishments for the month of March, in which it noted that overall, average earnings increased by 4.9% from Rs 23,287 in March 2013 to Rs 24,423 in March 2014, while ‘Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply’ emerged as the best performer.
Considered as the industrial group with the highest average monthly earnings, ‘Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply’ accrued the highest salaries of an average of Rs 44,368 per month, recording a rise of 18.4% on account of salary revision.
There was a general uptrend in all industrial segments with ‘Transportation and storage’ seeing salaries increase by 11.8% while ‘Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities’ provided employees with a 10.3% rise in incomes.
In terms of actual numbers, ‘Transportation and storage’ and ‘Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities’ earned an average of Rs 29,777 and Rs 27,505 respectively in March 2014 compared to Rs 26,634 and Rs 24,932 registered in March 2013.
The industrial group was followed by ‘Financial and insurance activities’ and ‘Professional, scientific and technical activities’ which earned Rs 42,095 and Rs 40,949 respectively.
On the contrary, the group ‘Administrative and support service activities’ was the lowest performer with an average monthly earnings of Rs 13,802.
Concerning Export Oriented Enterprises (EOEs), its average monthly earning stood at Rs 13,027 in March 2014 against Rs 12,175 in March 2013, representing an increase of 7%.
In addition, the average monthly earnings in manufacturing establishments in the EOE sector were Rs 12,644 in March 2014 compared to Rs 11,707 in March 2013.
For the month of March 2014, non-manufacturing establishments earned a monthly salary of Rs 21,170 against Rs 19,786 in March 2013.
The factors influencing the level of average earnings are essentially, the increases in basic salaries and wages.
However, changes in the mix of employees of various categories or with various lengths of service as well as changes in overtime, regular bonuses and commissions can cause fluctuations.
Finally, employment in the primary sector comprising of agriculture, forestry and fishing as well as mining and quarrying activities saw a decline of 346 from 13,653 in March 2013 to 13,307 in March 2014.
During the same period, employment in the secondary sector, comprised of manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities; and construction, decreased by 1,855 from 94,279 to 92,424.
On the other hand, evidencing a surge in services, the tertiary sector – which consists of industrial groups such as education; transportation and storage; ICT; financial and insurance activities; professional, scientific and technical activities; and real estate activities – increased by 2,876 from 198,897 to 201,773.
Image (Fotolia): Evidencing a surge in services, the tertiary sector – which consists of education; transportation and storage; ICT; financial and insurance activities; professional, scientific and technical activities; and real estate activities – increased individuals employed by 2,876 from 198,897 to 201,773.
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