September 17, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has started the conduct of the 2018 Occupational Wage Survey (OWS) and 2017/2018 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) today, 17 September 2018, simultaneously nationwide.
The 2018 OWS is an establishment-based survey that aims to monitor the wage rates of 22 low-paid occupations in 21 non-agricultural industries. Its objective is to generate wage estimates to aid minimum wage determination.
The 2017/2018 ISLE, formerly BLES Integrated Survey (BITS), is a survey of establishments employing at least 20 workers which consists three modules covering topics on employment, conditions of work and industrial relations. It aims to provide inputs to studies on industry trends and practices, and bases for the formulation of labor policies.
A total of 185 establishments with employment size of at least 20 workers were selected as samples across the region. These establishments were extracted from the 2017 List of Establishments (2017 LE). Questionnaires will be delivered by hired Statistical Researchers to sample establishments. However, for Biliran and Eastern Samar, questionnaires will be delivered directly from PSA Central Office through mail since their sample size is less than ten (10) establishments. Accomplished questionnaires will be collected/submitted starting 1 October 2018.
The consolidated results of these surveys are expected to be released by November 2019.
The PSA appeals to the public, especially the business sector, to cooperate and support the conduct of this survey. The office also assures that all information gathered will be held strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in RA 10625.