Dispatch workers’ average pay rises

JIJI, Kyodo

The average hourly wage for dispatch workers rose to ¥1,351 last year from ¥1,290 in 2008, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey showed Thursday.

The survey found that the average wage per hour came to ¥1,495 for male workers and ¥1,236 for female employees as of Oct. 1.

The average pay for workers registered at temporary staffing agencies and who concluded employment contracts was ¥1,263. The rate for those who signed regular employment contracts with temp agencies was ¥1,432.

Of the 8,407 respondents, 43.2 percent said they want to work regular jobs in the future, up 2.3 percentage points from the previous survey in 2008, while 43.1 percent preferred to continue as dispatch workers, a rise of 9.1 percent.

Asked about wage levels, 35.1 percent of the respondents said they were not satisfied, while 34.9 percent said they were.

The rate of dispatch workers in the labor force stood at 2.8 percent.

The survey was conducted between October to November 2012.