Compared to last year’s survey, the respondents that were permanent residents increased from 15 to 20%. This is perhaps explained by the border being virtually closed to new residents during 2021. Only 2,356 people entered Japan on the Engineer / Specialist in Humanities /International Services visa status between January and October 2021, compared to 43,880 people in the year of 2019.
Respondents at the beginning of their career tended to work for mid-sized companies: among respondents with less than 4 years of experience, 58% of them worked for a company with between 20 and 499 employees, whereas among those with 4 or more years, only 36% did.
The median salary was ¥8.5 million per year, up ¥1 million from last year’s survey.
The more often a respondent used English with their colleagues, the better they were paid. While respondents who used Japanese frequently tended to be paid less than those who never used it, the contrast wasn’t as stark. Furthermore, people who frequently use English but never use Japanese tend to be compensated better than those who frequently use both languages.
Respondents who used Spring were the best paid, despite being no more experienced than the average respondent. However, they also had below average satisfaction with their job.
Laravel developers were not only the least satisfied with their job, but also had the lowest salary.
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The survey was conducted by Paul McMahon, the author of TokyoDev, a site dedicated to helping international developers start and grow their career in Japan. You can reach him on Twitter at @pwim or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.