Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Lawson To Keep Employee Income Bumps Going In FY14: CEO
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Lawson Inc. (2651) plans to continue raising its employees' annual income into fiscal 2014, according to Chief Executive Officer Takeshi Niinami.
Niinami is angling for a 2-3% increase for nearly all of the 3,300 or so full-time employees in their 20s, 30s and 40s across the group.
The convenience store chain's CEO is a member of the government's Industrial Competitiveness Council. In response to policies encouraging wage increases as an anti-deflation measure, he announced a boost to annual income in February.
- Takeshi Niinami
This fiscal year, Lawson raised bonuses in May and will do the same in November, increasing annual pay by an average of 3%. Employees of Ninety-nine Plus Inc., which operates the Lawson Store 100 chain, and ticket and music seller Lawson HMV Entertainment Inc. are included as well.
The May bonus was particularly generous for employees with children. "Morale has increased significantly. We'll continue (the extra bonuses), including support for child-rearing," Niinami says.
He plans to boost bonuses next fiscal year, and is mulling giving out coupons as well. "I want the extra amount to be used as much as possible rather than saved," he says.
(The Nikkei, Oct. 9 morning edition)