Uniqlo To Raise Staff Salaries As Much As 40%

Uniqlo clothing chain operator Fast Retailing said it will raise wages by as much as 40 percent, focusing on its home market of Japan where salaries have remained comparatively low.

The move comes ahead of spring labour negotiations in Japan, where wage hikes have lagged behind accelerating inflation and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has urged companies to lift pay.

Fast Retailing, which operates more than 3,500 clothing stores worldwide, said its remuneration system would be revised from March, and that levels in Japan would be significantly raised.

Overall personnel costs in Japan will rise about 15 percent over the previous year, taking into account an hourly wage hike for part-time workers that year, with the expense absorbed by productivity improvement, a company spokesperson said.

The retailer reported record profit for the year through August as growth in North America and Europe compensated for a slump in its largest overseas market China, which has been slowed by pandemic containment measures.

Source: Reuters

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