The average monthly pay for full-time employees in Japan in 2015 climbed 1.5 pct from the previous year to 304,000 yen, the highest level since 2001, a survey by the labor ministry showed Thursday.
The average wage, which excludes bonuses and overtime pay, rose for the second straight year thanks to larger pay-scale hikes than the previous year on the back of the corporate earnings recovery and labor shortages.
The average wage increased 1.7 pct to 335,100 yen for men and 1.7 pct to 242,000 yen for women. Pay for women rewrote a record high for the second consecutive year and stood at 72.2 pct of men’s average, marking the same-level gender gap as last year, which was the smallest since the survey began.
Pay for full-time workers grew 1.1 pct to 321,100 yen, while pay for nonregular employees increased 2.4 pct to 205,100 yen. The proportion of nonregular workers’ pay to full-time employees’ wage came to 63.9 pct, the highest level ever.
Of companies with a workforce of 100 or more, women in managerial posts advanced 0.4 percentage point to a new high of 8.7 pct.
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