Interesting Fact # 1138 - Work

According to the Japanese Ministry of Labour 35% of the Japanese workforce are temporary workers.

(In 1988 only 18% of the workforce were temps. Japanese companies which were once committed to providing employment for life have been hit by the recession, but not all positions can be filled by temps. Regulations list the following seven occupations which should not be dealt with by private fee-charging employment agencies: 1) clerical occupation done by persons who have not yet passed one year after their graduation from school; 2) sales occupation done by persons who have not yet passed one year after their graduation from school; 3) occupation of services except for occupations of housekeepers, barbers, hair dressers, Kimono dressing helpers, laundering and cleaning technicians, cooks, bartenders, waiters and waitresses at formal restaurants, models and demonstrators of goods for retail; 4) occupation of security guards; 5) occupation of agriculture, forestry and fishery; 6) occupation of transport and communication except for bus tour conductors; and 7) occupation of technicians, occupation of digging, production and construction, and occupation of labourers except for that of technicians producing fresh confectionery. I get the feeling that Japanese employment law is all a bit complicated.)

Source: Changing Japanase Labor Law

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