Q: What is the hourly wage for part-time work in Japan?

In Japan, the minimum wage for part-time work is specified by the law. The minimum wage varies depending on prefecture, but as of October 2018, the hourly minimum wage for the countryside is around 760 to 850 yen and about 900 to 950 yen in metropolitan areas. Tokyo has the highest minimum hourly wage, 985 yen.

Moreover, according to An, a magazine about part-time jobs, the nationwide average hourly wage for part-time jobs is 1,035 yen. The hourly wage is in the range of 900 to 1,100 yen for convenience stores and restaurants, which are popular part-time jobs among foreign students. Late night and early morning shifts from about 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. pay midnight work allowance, and hence, bring in around 25% more income. These shifts, at times, pay as high as 1,200 yen or more per hour.

[Reference Site] An Report: Average Hourly Wage (July 2019)
[Reference Site] Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: Nationwide List of Minimum Wages by Region

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