Not all SA’s $ are equal.
Money in the pocket (combination or either 1):
- basic salary (fixed salary every month)
- allowance (transport, food, grooming)
- commission (tier rate – the higher you achieve, the higher percentage of commission you get; flat rate – doesn’t matter how much you’ve sold, you’ll still get 0.5% for all your hard work; combination of both – normal items and best buys/discounted items may have different rate. All companies prefer to sell normal priced items than discounted items so the commission rate is higher for normal items than sales items if the company practices combination rate)
- OT (Over Time). When you’ve worked your agreed working hours (in your letter of employment), should you work extra hours, the company MUST pay you OT (usually 1.5 x hr salary) if your basic is below RM1500.
- more money. Not satisfied? Work on major Public Holidays (PH) like Merdeka (Independence Day), Labour’s Day, own state Day, Raya, CNY. Your company should pay you double/triple/allowance or at least another leave day.
Some companies also give reward for remaining loyal to the company (even though he/she may be stuck there because he/she is too terrible to find another job) by increasing the pay – through quality or quantity of years with the company.
Frequency for salary raise also depends on the company/department. In 1 of the companies I had worked before, the evaluation was done every 6 months even though the previous manager had evaluations done every 3 months. So some of my seniors had salary increment (albeit not as much as our 6 months increase) every 3 months. Different manager, department, location, etc may have different budget.
If the company is stingy or has already allocated a certain amount of budget used for extra curricular activities (party, lunch, sports, entertainment), then salary increment would need a longer duration.