How Much Influence does English Proficiency Play On Salary? – Study in South Korea and Japan

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at...

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The results of a recent research on relationships between salaries and proficiency in the English language in Japan and South Korea show that salaries of personnel over 40 years of age with fluency in English were more than twice as high as national averages in these two nations.

According to a 2012 private-sector salary survey recently announced by the National Tax Agency, domestic salary levels in Japan for that year remained low compared with past levels. Annual salaries of white-collar workers, corporate officers, and part-time workers averaged 4.08 million yen, a drop of ten thousand yen below the level of the preceding year. The job market remains similarly harsh in South Korea. In spite of an unemployment rate lower than those of other countries, many Korean university graduates are reportedly struggling to find jobs.

Nonetheless, with further acceleration of economic globalization, the demand for bilingual personnel continues to be strong in both countries. In this connection, a recent en world survey of average salaries of Japanese and Korean native speakers proficient in English as well showed that, in both countries, salary levels of such personnel in their twenties were 1.5 times, those in their thirties were 1.7 times, and those 40 or over were more than twice the average.

About these results, Craig Saphin, president of the en world group and of en world Japan, said, “Under the economic policies of Prime Minister Abe — so-called Abe-nomics — one growth strategy involves human resources. The research reported on here can be said to symbolize a future of globalization and full utilization of women’s abilities. Given the reported urgent decline in the Japanese labor force resulting from a diminishing birthrate and population aging, making the best possible use of the female labor force is indispensable in promoting corporate globalization and ensuring employee diversity.”

Simon Kim, president of en world Korea, commented, “Now for the first time in history, South Korea has a female president. In the years to come, more women are expected to play leading administrative and managerial roles in Korean society. Furthermore, today, organizational diversity is an indispensable element in promoting global corporate growth.”

From: en World


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