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22 Aug 2014

Temporary Staffing in Japan

Posted By : International Manpower Resources PL

Overview of Temp Staffing Scenario in Japan
Not many people are aware of the fact that Japan is the second largest temp staffing country in the world. Earlier, Japan’s nature of being a closed cultural country, it adhered to staffing only workforce similar to its own culture. Automobile and Electronic industry are the two major industries that have always witnessed explicit demand for temp workers in the country.
 
However, the current scenario is changing is Japan is facing problems of ageing workforce. Japan’s average aged population today is nearly 50 years which means it seriously lacks young and energetic work force. As Japan face problem of young skilled force, it now looks out to the global workforce to work in its construction, automobile and electronics industry.
 
Temp Staffing Laws and Compliances
Current temp staffing laws in Japan require companies to adhere to keep temporary staff for three years. Any employees employed for more than three years are required to be switched to permanent employee status.
 
According to the latest verdict in Mazda case, the court stated that the practice to effectively maintain workers as temporary staff for more than three years violated the temp-staff worker law. Mazda had directly employed its temporary staffing workers as “Support Employees” for three months after completion of their three months of service as temporary workers. Later, the company shifted back their status to temp staff.
 
Worker Dispatch Law 1985 governs temporary staffing industry in Japan. The law has been designed to fulfil temporary staffing or contract workers requirements in sector plagues with shortage of skilled workers and industries that work on project to project basis viz, Electronics, Information Technology, Construction, Automobile, and Nuclear power projects etc.
 
Japan Looks Out to the World for Skilled Labours
Japan has witnessed regular decline of skilled labour since year 2000. Moreover, there has been a subsequent increase in non-regular workers, short term contract and temporary staffing workers since 2007.
 
Japan’s stringent employment laws strictly prohibits companies to cut down their task force in economic downturns which encourages companies to keep temporary workers and yet pay them one-third the price of regular employees. Today, 17 percent of Japanese men aged 25 to 34 hold such second-class jobs, up from four percent in 1988. Currently such low-paid temporary workers work force constitutes nearly 38% of the total work force in Japan from all ages and both sexes.
 
IMRPL Provides Temp Staffing in Japan
As Japan combats with declining young skilled workforce problems, it looks out to the world to fulfil its temporary worker requirements. A good temporary staffing agency can go a long way to help you mingle in a country with a peculiar foreign language and closed Asian culture.
 
IMRPL offers temp staffing solutions for employers in Japan. For contract workers, it handle not only placements but also grooms you for a new environment, negotiate for your insurance, holidays, training and other benefits as temporary workers.
 
There are several companies who profit and pay wages, share a pension or insurance scheme as well with its temporary workers. Several small and mid-sized companies look for skilled professionals that require less commitment, training and investment in hiring. IMRPL works with several such companies to provide them skilled temporary workforce.

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