Average wage for Japan's part-timers hit record high in FY2023

A private-sector survey has found that the average hourly wage for part-time workers in Japan hit a record high in fiscal 2023 amid a serious labor shortage.

The Jobs Research Center says the nationwide average in the year through March was 1,125 yen per hour, or roughly 7 dollars and 20 cents.

That's up 2.7 percent from the previous year and the highest since fiscal 2018, when comparable data became available.

Companies raised pay to secure workers as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic.

A rise in the number of inbound tourists also pushed up demand in the dining and travel sectors.

The research center says the severe shortage of workers is forcing some companies to temporarily pay more than they planned to attract part-timers.