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Japan - Attitudes towards Contract and Temporary Employees need to Change

02 October 2012

Important changes to Japan's Worker Dispatch Law, which governs the placement of contract and temporary employees, came into effect yesterday 1 October 2012. These changes limit the range and length of contract and temporary roles; and place greater responsibility for compliance on the employer.

Staffing industry watchers say the law could have been worse — it originally called for the barring temporary staffing in manufacturing. That portion of the amendment was removed. However, the legislation made other changes, including the prohibiting of temporary assignments for 30 days or less and a requirement that temporary agencies disclose their share of worker dispatch fees paid by employers.

With increasing reliance on these roles and the related regulatory changes, employers find that they must more and more cultivate contract and temporary employees, according to Christine Wright, Hays Operations Director, Asia.

"If you are to get the most out of your contract and temporary employees, you need to make them part of the team. And sometimes it is easy to forget the fundamentals” said Wright.

“By treating them as part of the team, you may also encourage them to stay on if a permanent position opens or another temporary assignment comes up."

The report came a week after a survey by Hays that showed that 84% of Japanese returnees say their international experience gives them an edge in Japan's job market. 68% said that the advantage over purely domestic jobseekers stems from the global mindset gained abroad, which better allows them to work with those from other cultures and to understand the various practices and operating styles of the global economy. Of the respondents, 58% attributed the advantage to the foreign language skills they acquired, while 25% said the experience allowed them to more rapidly advance within their organization.

Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan Hays has been in Japan for more than a decade and is ranked 26th in our 2011 survey of the Japanese market.  The firm operates across the private sector, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

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