The pace of wage growth will slow down to 5-7% next year from this year’s 6-8%, and wage hikes will be the highest in low-wage regions, predicts Grafton Recruitment, a staffing agency. This year already sees the highest wage hikes in the worst-paid positions, due in part to the increase in minimum wage and pay for weekend and night work. The slower wage growth next year will come on the back of a softer economy and expected lower productivity growth in the automotive sector. Companies are responding to labor shortages by investments into automation. They experience high turnover when trying to employ foreigners.