Men born in late 1970s tend to stay in nonregular jobs: gov’t paper

Men born in the latter half of the 1970s tend to be mired in nonregular jobs compared with those of other generations as work status such as temporary employment has spread since the 1990s, the labor ministry said in an annual report on labor economy released Friday.

The employment situation for people born in the 1970s and later has been affected by company moves to cut back on hiring and opt for contract, temporary and other nonregular workers following the collapse of the asset-inflated bubble economy in the early 1990s.

In particular, men born in the latter half of the 1970s are now in their 30s, while the proportion of nonregular workers among them still hovers at high levels of roughly 15 percent, according to the white paper.

The share of nonregular workers among men born in the first half of the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s have decreased. While the proportion of nonregular employees among women was generally higher than that for men, there was no clear differentiation by generation, the report said.