By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan-- The CNMI Department of Commerce today announced the beginning of data collection for the 2022 CNMI Prevailing Wage Study (PWS) to produce the CNMI hourly wage statistics for 2022.
All private businesses, public agencies, and organizations, with employees and with no employees in the CNMI, are urged to participate in the 2022 PWS survey.
The survey data collection period begins on March 1 and ends on March 15.
The 2018 NMI U.S. Workforce Act requires the CNMI to publish a prevailing wage report annually for CW1 visa determination and approval by the US Department of Labor.
Additionally, the 2022 PWS data will be used to publish a separate report detailing the survey methodology with more detailed occupational wage statistics for PERM, H-1B and H-2B determination and approval by the U.S. Department of Labor.
“We ask all businesses, agencies, and organizations to complete this important survey. This will be the seventh round of the prevailing wage study survey, but our fourth annual PWS survey since 2019 under the mandate of the 2018 Workforce Act," CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres said.
“I thank our private business partners and stakeholders and the public agencies on Saipan, Rota, and Tinian for putting the word out to promote the successful completion of this important survey. I humbly ask every business, agency, and organization in the CNMI to take some time to complete the 2022 PWS survey,” Commerce Secretary Edward Deleon Guerrero said.