What is the National Wage Index (NWI)?

National Wage Index Survey

National Wage Index measures employee wage levels and changes to wages over time… The Ministry of Human Resources has given the responsibility to ILMIA to collect data through a survey…

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What is the National Wage Index (NWI)?

The National Wage Index (NWI) is an index that measures the changes in wages and salaries of jobs in the Malaysian labour market. It is similar to the consumer price index (CPI) that measures the price changes of goods and services in our economy. The Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) through the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA) had embarked on this initiative to collect salaries and wages data from the public and private sectors for the development of a National Wage Index. 
The National Wage Index (NWI) will provide a better understanding the functioning of the labour market and thereby a basis for rational policies. The NWI will serve as one of the labour market indicators that provide authoritative information about the Malaysian labour market. The index will be useful for employers and recruitment agencies to know changes in pay levels for specific jobs and occupations. Job seekers can use the wage index as a guide to know the current salary market and to aid in career planning. Government economic planners will use it for wage setting, minimum wage planning as well as for policy review in a wide range of human capital development activities. The NWI is an important component in strengthening the labour market initiatives. The NWI project was announced in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP) as a part of the Fifth Strategic Thrust of the Plan.

The importance of the National Wage Index (NWI)

Firms & Companies Selected for the NWI Quarterly Surveys

The National Wage Index Quarterly Surveys

The National Wage Index (NWI) will be developed from quarterly survey data of wages and salaries. The surveys cover both the private and public sectors. About 3,000 private sector establishments (firms and companies) have been randomly selected and they are located throughout Malaysia, i.e. Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak. The NWI survey will be used only for official and statistical purposes in accordance with the Employment Information Act 1953.  The National Wage Index (NWI) surveys will collect relevant, timely and reliable information related to salaries and wage data in order to develop the National Wage Index. This benchmark indicator will quantify the changes in salaries and wages of occupations in the labour market. This project had commenced in September 2016. Two quarterly NWI surveys had been conducted for September and December 2016. The MOHR has launched the NWI Quarterly Surveys for 2017, specifically the Third (March 2017 reference month), Fourth (June 2017), Fifth (September 2017) and Sixth (December 2017) Surveys. These surveys will begin from September 2017 onwards.

This effort requires that selected firms and companies provide wage and salary information of their full time employees. Your cooperation and participation in this survey is critical to the success of this national effort in developing the NWI.

Please click on the link below for the NWI Third to Fifth survey questionnaire:

NWI 3-5 

If you wish to fill in the NWI First and Second survey questionnaires, please click on the link(s) below:


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