Salaries slipped again in 2012

Kyodo

The monthly pay of private-sector workers in Japan averaged ¥313,695 in fiscal 2012, down 0.7 percent from the previous year, as the nation’s ranks of part-time workers expanded, the government said Friday.

Pay dropped for the second consecutive year, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said. Base wages fell 0.5 percent to ¥242,328, while bonus and other special pay sank 2.5 percent to ¥52,696. Nonscheduled compensation, including overtime pay, rose 0.9 percent to ¥18,671.

By status, full-time workers brought in an average of ¥402,105 per month, down 0.1 percent, while part-timers earned an average of ¥96,824, down 0.5 percent.