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An investigation into the effect of language ability on salary (2014 edition)
Daijob Global Recruiting Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Human Holdings Co., Ltd. and operators of Daijob.com, has conducted a survey into the relationship between language ability and salary based on the characteristics of Daijob.com users and job postings.
The people included in the investigation was limited only to Japanese people with at least business level English that received Scout Mail between March and May 2014 from one or more direct hire company (as opposed to a recruitment agency). This number came to 2,669.
※A Scout Mail is sent when a user on Daijob.com anonymously allows their resume to be seen by companies, a company takes an interest in that person's resume and then chooses to approach them directly.
Key findings of the investigation
Language ability has a big impact on the salaries of women
While English ability was seen to have a large effect on salary for both men and women over the age of 40, the difference for women was astounding.
Women in their 50s with at least business level English were seen to have an average salary around 3 times higher than the national average, while women in their 40s had a salary of almost double.
Job-posting salaries higher than the real average salary of job-seekers
When companies post jobs on Daijob, they can elect not only to post a specific salary they wish to offer, but also a salary range. With the exception of the“wholesale/retail” industry, the average minimum salary offered in job-postings exceeded the average job-seeker salary.