Hourly Wage in Japan

Posted by Danny Choo On Mon 2008/03/17 04:25 JST In Japan
95 185842 ja

850 yen - the starting hourly wage being offered to folks who join Mc Donald's as a part timer.

I've never worked in Mc Dee's myself but I did spend much of my university life working part time at a Japanese restaurant called Benihana back in the UK. The hourly wage was about 3 pounds at the time - my first paycheck was depressing ^^;

Worked at another Japanese restaurant in Bond Street for a bit before I managed to get a part time job with Japan Airlines at the airport as ground staff - the hourly wage was 10 pounds which was quite good at the time. Always wanted to work at the airport after watching a BBC documentary on the airport - seemed exciting. Was exciting at first but the late nights looking for missing passengers and the hour and a half trip to/from home was a bit tiring at times. The great thing about the job was that they offered me a full time job as a computer engineer with them when I graduated from university (SOAS). All the monies were saved up so that I could travel to Japan every year to absorb the culture and buy health maintenance products at Akihabara.

The average hourly wage for part timers throughout Japan is 973 yen as reported by Nikkei BP. There was a gathering of over 3000 people in Tokyo last month to raise awareness on the poverty issues which included raising the minimum wage to 1,000 yen. I saw the news of that event on TV and was shocked to find out that some places were paying 600 yen per hour.

Today I thought it would be interesting to talk about what types of part time job we had/have and what sort of hourly wage we had/have compared to the national average.

BTW, the word for a "part time job" in Japanese is "Arubaito" [アルバイト] which is inherited from the German word "Arbeit" meaning "work" (source: allguide and google translate).
"Arubaito" can also be shorted to "Baito" also meaning "part time job."

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