Nuptials elude nonregular workers

JIJI

Nonregular workers are struggling to envision future matrimony due mainly to financial uncertainties, a labor group survey showed.

While 23 percent of regular workers employed permanently said they are willing to marry within a year, the proportion came to only 11.5 percent for nonregular workers, according to the survey by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo).

The findings showed that 45.5 percent of nonregular workers, such as part-timers and contract workers, hope to marry at some point in the future, 10.6 percentage points higher than among regular workers.

But only 27 percent of nonregular workers willing to marry said they are able to do so, in sharp contrast to 40.5 percent among regular workers.

In a multiple answer question as to why they are unable to marry, financial uncertainty was cited by 59 percent of nonregular workers as well as 34.7 percent of regular workers.

Worried about being dismissed unexpectedly, nonregular workers are having a hard time envisaging future matrimony, a Rengo official said, adding the nation needs greater job security.

Overall, 80.8 percent of unmarried men and women said they want to marry. The largest group, at 39.5 percent, said they hope to marry at some point in the future, while the second-biggest group, at 15.8 percent, said they want to get married within a year.

The survey, conducted online in April and May, gathered valid responses from 3,000 respondents in their 20s to 40s.