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Permanent Employment Issues

Postby Primarch on Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:38 am

I just saw this article and thought it might be worth sharing.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2 ... acre-jobs/
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby The Other Dave on Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:30 am

As I said about this on Facebook, while declining to renew some 3,000 contracts in one fell swoop is kind of a douchebag move, higher education in this country is going to have to shrink, hard, over the next 10 or 20 years or so. There's half as many 18-year-olds in Japan as there were in 1995, and that number still continues to drop, while higher education is still (as a whole) expanding - it's a simple problem of too many seats and not enough students, and we're seeing a lot of higher education institutions cutting back or straight-up closing down just for lack of warm bodies to bring in revenue. So while doing what the author suggests and unioning up and "fighting back" might work in other fields, in higher ed in particular it'd basically be fighting for jobs to teach students who simply don't exist anymore.
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby Primarch on Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:59 am

Yeah, I figured the birthrate would have a knock-on effect on schools. I posted the article to give anyone who needs one a heads-up about what may be coming down the line in the future. As I am unqualified to work in a University as anything more than a janitor, it doesn't immediately concern me. The number of extra educators in the system may have some impact on my own job though. :?
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby The Other Dave on Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:33 pm

Yeah, as someone who's studying this (it's connected to the topic of my doctorate) I'd say if your job is in education in Japan, and you hope to make it a career, start doing what you can to make yourself stand out / be absolutely indispensable, like yesterday. Get that teaching certificate, take the JLPT (and anything below N2 is more or less meaningless in this case), get that Master's by correspondence (Birmingham has a very good program - not too expensive and you're done in a couple years), get involved in your professional organization of choice. I don't know from primary education and private teaching gigs these days, but I kind of suspect the expansion of English-language education in elementary and junior high schools is going to run up against the shrinking population of young people eventually. The job market in education here is only going to get more competitive as time goes on, and like the article shows, labor laws make it extremely easy to fire people (well, decline to renew their contracts technically, but it's the same thing in the end) with very little notice. I've heard of people who've been with schools 15 or 20 years being told in February "we don't need you in April, thanks for your hard work!" That, at least, will be prevented for full-time workers by the law the article discusses, but as I understand it the protections don't apply if you're part-time like a lot of teachers are.
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby me_in_japan on Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:37 pm

cheerful reading, this thread :cry:
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby Primarch on Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:00 pm

The 5 year rule is a worrying one, as it affects everyone who has been at the same company since April 2013. Of the 8 full time (still on rolling 1 year contracts though) teachers at my place, I think 6 of us qualify for the 5 year rule when it first becomes valid in 2018. My boss has told me that she fully believes the company will keep everyone on, but ultimately it's a decision for the head office.
From the point of view of an employer, there will suddenly be a tidal wave of trained teachers, desperate for work in the Spring of '18, so I would expect the more unscrupulous ones to simply get rid of any 5-year candidates and restock with minimum wage taking University Professors. In the long run, it won't be good for business as it will disincentivise anyone from doing a great job as they know they won't get kept on. Given the number of douchebag employers in the English Teaching Industry, I am sure this won't put them off driving down wages even further. :cry:
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby Konrad on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:46 am

The way the soul-less dispatch company I work for gets around the 5 year rule it is that there is (correct me if I'm confusing two different laws here TOD) a clause in the 2013 law exempting businesses with less than....150? employees from making them permanent. Lo and behold said dispatch co. split up into about 10 "limited something or another holding companies". The companies just happen to be owned by the same corporation and consolidate their accounting and payroll and ...uh...everything..... but are all separate entities.....really........ I'm pretty pessimistic at this point. Any law that gets put on the books will have a back door written into it. Most businesses will do anything, absolutely anything to avoid paying into their employees' health and social insurance.
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby Spevna on Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:46 pm

Even happier to be self employed after reading this.
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Re: Permanent Employment Issues

Postby Konrad on Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:21 pm

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