Supplement to the ILO's Global Wage Report 2014/15

Wages in Asia and the Pacific: Dynamic but uneven progress

This supplement to the ILO’s Global Wage Report 2014/15 summarizes the main wage developments in Asia and the Pacific. It discusses how the region compares to the global picture and goes into the role that wage employment plays for women and men across Asia and the Pacific. Trends are presented in greater detail for each of the three subregions, East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, and South Asia and some policy conclusions are drawn.

Wages in Asia and the Pacific have risen almost two-and-a-half fold since the beginning of the century. For the region’s 706 million wage workers and their families, these substantial wage gains have helped to translate economic dynamism into higher incomes and living standards – although inequality remains a concern and the benefits have not been shared as widely as would have been possible.