Santo Domingo.- As Congress debates the government wage bill, which many sectors consider a way to raise the salaries of top officials even higher, 53.6% of Dominican workers earn less than RD$10,000 (US$250) per month.
Social Security Treasury (TSS) figures for June quoted by diariolibre.com 1,390,286 workers are registered in the social security system, of which around 745,500 earn salaries ranging from 0 to RD$10,000.
There were 736,365 of those workers in the first half of last year, so for the same 2012 period it increased by 1.24%, or 9,163 more salaried people.
According to the data employees who earn between RD$10,001 and RD$15,000 represent around 237,540 workers in the first six months and are around 22,225 more than the same period last year, a variation of 10.32%.
The 237,540 employees there were to June represent 17% of the employees with salaries below RD$15,000 and increased to RD$10,000.
Around 73,829 workers earn between RD$20,001 and RD$25,000, while those earning more than RD$ 25,000 are around 217,412, or 32,459 more than in the first half of 2011. That’s equal 17.55%, while 217,412 of those represent 15.6% of the total, of 1.3 million.