Japan Wage and Hours Worked

In April 2021, basic and overtime wages increased by 1.2% YoY.

Published monthly by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. Updated to the month of June 2021 (published on August 6th, 2021).
Part-time hourly wage for June 2019 was published by Recruit Jobs Co., Ltd on July 11, 2019. Temp hourly wage for October 2019 was published on August 22, 2019.

Brief overview of “Wage and Hours worked”

The official name of the statistics is “Monthly Labor Survey”, however we prefer to reference it as the “Wage and Hours Worked”. We reference it as this to distinguish the survey from that of the “Labor Force Survey”, which is the source of the official unemployment rate in Japan. The “Wage and Hours Worked” surveys enterprises with a workforce equal or larger to 5 people. It also does not include government and municipal officials. In 2019, the “Wage and Hours Worked” survey covered 50.8 million workers in Japan, while the “Labor Force Survey” covered 67.3 million workers. YoY% wage growth rate shows fluctuation, as the months of the bi-annual bonus payment day changed between months depending on the year. A 3 or 6-month average YoY% is often used to overcome this situation. Wages in Japan have been decreasing relatively steadily since 1998. Between 1997-2019, wages have declined by 10.9%, or by 0.5% per year on average (based on the data before the revision). In 2019, the Japanese government announced that there was a serious flaw to the way wage data was surveyed in Tokyo. The Japanese government released and revised data going back to 2012. Revisions to data prior to 2012 is yet to be released as of August 2020.

For more information, visit the official government page.

"Part-time hourly wage", "Temp hourly wage" are statistics published by the JOBS Research Center (JBRC), a research center established within Recruit Jobs Co., Ltd. As of August 2020, the original publication is only published in Japanese. Below is a link to their website (only in Japanese). http://jbrc.recruitjobs.co.jp/

Wage levels of Full-time and Part-time workers

The Next Release Date: September 7th,2021, (Provisional July data)

                                            August 24th,2021, (Final June data)









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