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2012 November 28 - December 4 [LABOR]

Gender gap in wages increasing in bigger companies

November 30, 2012
The larger the companies are, the larger the gap in wages between men and women, reveal government statistics. Even though the world’s largest male-female pay gap trend has been confirmed in Japan, large corporations are further increasing the wage differential based on gender.

A National Tax Agency survey shows that women workers in all business entities in 2011 received an average of only 53% of male workers’ wages.

According to the survey, the wages for female employees in independently-operated businesses were 74% of that for male employees. The percentage goes down to 55% in companies with less than 20 million yen in capital, 54% in companies with 20-50 million yen in capital, and 45% in large corporations with a capital of more than one billion yen.

The survey results indicate that larger corporations are forcing woman workers to work at relatively low pay.
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