Overseas Pinoys, OFWs included, have all the reasons to be happy. New Zealand has announced an increase in minimum wage for all workers in the country including OFWs and expatriate workers, as well as permanent residents and migrants effective this month. Singapore, likewise, is adjusting the monthly salary of household service workers to S$570 starting May 1 this year.
From the previous rate of NZ$15.25, the hourly rate in New Zealand as reported by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) chief, Rodolfo Sabulao, will increase to NZ$15.75, or a difference of NZ$0.50 per hour, or roughly about Php17.50 per hour.
The new wage structure also applies to workers who work for only 2 hours where they will be compensated for every hour worked unless the worker and employer have agreed to a higher rate in the employment contract.
Based on the data from POLO Australia, who has jurisdiction over New Zealand, there are 44,385 Filipinos in New Zealand majority of whom are permanent residents and migrants.
The New Zealand government conducts annual reviews and adjustments of its minimum wage legislation given its commitment to boost its economy by supporting the growth of jobs.
Meanwhile, Singapore, the city-state that prefers to employ Filipino domestic workers because of their communication skills and efficient work ethic, has adjusted the basic salary of domestic workers from S$559 to S$570 to cover the difference caused by the fluctuating foreign exchange rate. This adjustment will help keep the DH salary at the prescribed amount of US$400 per month and will address the issue of non-compliance to the prescribed minimum salary of DHs employed in different worksites.
Small adjustments they may be, we think of it as a positive gesture on the part of foreign employers to improve the lot of OFWs. What do you think, Kabayan? Share your thoughts on the comments below!