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Full-time staff shortages point to faster wage growth

Part-time wages have been rising at a reasonable rate for a while but, with evidence now building the firms are finding it harder to hire sufficient full-time workers, a pick-up in broader wage growth is likely soon. The key question is whether it will be fast enough to generate significantly higher inflation. We suspect not.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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