Pay hike recommended for govt employees

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan’s National Personnel Authority on Tuesday recommended that both monthly pay and annual bonuses for central government employees be raised for the fourth straight year in fiscal 2017.

The agency said that the monthly salary in the year ending next March should be raised by ¥631, or 0.15 percent, from fiscal 2016 and the bonuses by an equivalent of 0.1 month’s salary to 4.4 months.

Related Cabinet ministers will meet as early as this month to discuss the recommendations, which were submitted to Diet and the Cabinet.

If the recommendations are fully put into action, the average annual pay would be raised by ¥51,000 in the longest streak of increases in both monthly salaries and annual bonuses since 1962-1965.

The recommendations were based on the personnel agency’s survey that found the average monthly pay for private-sector workers exceeded that for government employees by ¥631, or 0.15 percent in April.

The recommended margin of monthly pay hike was smaller than ¥708 in fiscal 2016 as the pace of private-sector pay increases slowed.

The survey found that for bonuses, the private sector’s average was 0.12 month higher than the average for government employees.

The agency sought to reflect the proposed increase in bonuses in a merit-based portion to promote a shift to an achievement-based pay structure.

The personnel authority also unveiled plans to instruct government agencies to take steps to improve working conditions for nonregular employees, including an increase in bonuses.Speech

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