Wages for workers grew on the back of a tight labour market last year, despite a slower economic growth.

The total wages in the private sector rose by 6.1 per cent in 2011, compared to an increase of 5.7 per cent in 2010.

However, if the rise in the consumer price index is factored in, the increase in real terms was 0.9 per cent in 2011, lower than the gain of 2.9 per cent in 2010.

The figures were unveiled on Friday morning in the Manpower Ministry's 'Report on Wages in Singapore, 2011' which presents the main findings of surveys on annual wage changes and wages of common occupations in Singapore in 2011.