Wages up first time in nine months


Workers’ monthly wages rose for the first time in nine months in January, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report Tuesday.

Monthly wages per worker, which include basic wages and overtime pay, stood at ¥271,450 on average, up 0.7 percent from a year before, the ministry said.

The rise appears to reflect an increase in the number of companies that paid winter bonuses later, a ministry official said.

Regular wages in the month, including basic pay, dipped 0.1 percent to ¥240,233, and nonregular wages, including overtime pay, fell 1.5 percent to ¥18,419.

Special payments, including bonuses, jumped 23.3 percent to ¥12,798.

The report covered companies that have five employees or more.