Boosted by winter bonuses, wages in Japan rose to their highest level in nearly 26 years, Japan’s Labour Ministry has reported.
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More organisations in Japan intend to raise wages to keep pace with inflation, including those that had previously done so.
Firms are likely to offer pay hikes of 2.85%, consisting of a 1.08% increase in base salaries and a 1.78% increase in seniority-based pay.
Non-regular workers, self-employed individuals, and freelancers with children may soon be eligible for a child-rearing allowance.
With Japan facing a talent shortage as the population ages, firms are encouraged to do more to support older employees who want to continue working.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida aims to create an economic structure where wages are raised yearly to transfer wealth from firms to households.
A lack of wage growth is Japan’s biggest challenge, notes Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara, and the government is committed to addressing it.
The economy and pandemic resurgence, however, have reportedly led organisations in Japan to be more cautious about hiring.
Based on a study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, 44.5% of teleworkers work remotely three or more days a week on average.
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There will be more opportunities to hire new graduates next spring as Japan gradually recovers from the pandemic.
In addition to achieving increased productivity, relocation also ensures business continuity in the event of a major disaster occurring in the city centre.
The government is also continuing to introduce measures to encourage employers to increase wages for their employees.
Uber Eats is challenging the decision, maintaining that delivery staff are not part of the labour force but are customers using the platform’s service.
In the government’s 2022 whitepaper, it was concluded that remote employees had more sleep hours, which reduces depression and anxiety.
A project has been launched in Japan to encourage men to take the lead in eliminating gender disparities in workplaces.
One in three employees in Japan currently have a side job or have had one in the past, as employers are encouraged to support this practice.
The ageing population, coupled with the recovery of the economy, has caused more than half of 11,000 firms in Japan to experience a labour crunch.
The Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) is looking to end the negative image of mid-career hires by rephrasing commonly used employment terms.
Some companies are providing “inflation allowances” to help employees cope with rising consumer prices as labour officials call for more permanent support.
It identified young employees, workers with children, and non-permanent employees as those who are most vulnerable to inflation.
This comes as employers looked to hire in preparation for a rebound in inbound tourism as the pandemic-related daily arrival cap is removed.
Such digital wallets will have a maximum balance of 1 million yen, and employees can use the funds to make purchases or remittances directly.
Remote employees are able to spend more time with their families, sleep better, and experience less stress from commuting to the office.
Commuting patterns have not returned to pre-COVID levels as organisations continue to offer hybrid work.
Working remotely allows employees to sleep better and feel satisfied if they balance telework and office work appropriately.