Real wages in Japan up for 1st time in 5 years in 2016
Jiji -- Feb 07
Workers in Japan saw their real wages increase for the first time in five years in 2016, a government report revealed on Monday.

According to the preliminary report by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the price-adjusted per-worker real wage rose 0.7 pct from the previous year.

The real wage posted the sharpest growth since 2010, when it rose 1.3 pct, chiefly thanks to rises in nominal salaries, the ministry said, adding that drops in consumer prices also contributed to the real wage upturn.

The labor survey report showed that the average total amount of cash paid monthly to workers, including regular salaries, overtime pay and bonuses, at business footholds each with five or more employees increased 0.5 pct from 2015 to 315,372 yen, extending its rising steak to a third year.

"The monthly wage rise can largely be attributed to pay-scale hikes by a number of companies through 'shunto' annual wage negotiations with labor unions last spring," said an official at the ministry's employment, wage and labor welfare statistics office.

去年1年間の実質賃金は、5年ぶりにプラスに転じました。 厚生労働省が従業員5人以上の事業所を対象に行った調査によりますと、基本給や残業代、ボーナスなどの手当を含めた2016年の労働者一人あたりの給与総額は月平均で31万5372円でした。前の年に比べて0.5%のプラスです。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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