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Average Nintendo Japan employee earns $80,000, works less than 8 hours per day

Platform holder's recruitment page also reveals average worker spends 13.5 years at the company

Nintendo has revealed some interesting stats about its work culture, including average working hours and salary.

A recruitment page on the company's Japanese website (spotted by Niko Partners' Daniel Ahmad) offers a breakdown for graduates thinking of applying to the platform holder, and reports that the average annual salary is 9.03 million ($80,000) -- although obviously entry-level wages are considerably lower.

Employees also potentially get bonuses in June and December, plus a pay increase every April.

It also reveals the average working day at Nintendo is seven hours, forty-five minutes, with staff in head office starting and finishing slightly earlier than those in development.

As of September 2018, Nintendo employees 2,271 regular employees -- the average age of which is 38.6 years old. Full-time employees stay at the company for an average 13.5 years.

The company plans to hire 81 graduates this year, a significant increase on the 59 it hired last year (which in itself was an incremental improvement on the previous three years).

It's an interesting insight into the working practices of a large games company following the reinvigorated discussion about industry crunch last year, kickstarted by Dan Houser's revelation that some Rockstar staff worked 100-hour weeks on Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Latest comments (2)

Alex Barnfield Lead Engineer, 17-BIT3 months ago
That's the contractual hours, not the average.
That Japanese is stating that the minimum working hours per day are 7hrs45mins. The core hours of 9.30-16.30 are no different than foreign core hours, times when you must be in the office (and with Japanese culture that essentially means 9.30am to the last train, employees might take advantage of a late start but no one is going home before their boss).

Edited 4 times. Last edit by Alex Barnfield on 2nd March 2019 7:01am

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Chamrun Employee, Dacori3 months ago
The average salary is 9.03 million ($80,000)
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