There are various types of paying systems in Japan. Some people are paid on a salary basis, some are paid on an hourly rate, day rate or commission. Regardless of the form of payment, if the amount is calculated daily, the job is considered as a daily paid job. However, it is not always paid at the end of the day you worked. It varies depending on the employers. Most employers pay on the following day or a week after you complete the task.
Even if you are keen on daily paid jobs, finding the right one is difficult if you don't know how to look.
The easiest way is using online recruitment websites if you have an Internet connection. When you know which organisation you want to work for, access the company's responsive sites, or mobile apps. Here are useful websites that Japanese people often use.
"Quick Jobs Japan" hosts over 3,000 jobs. All the information you need is easily found, such as an address, salary, working hours, working period, workplace, job descriptions and qualifications, so that it helps to shorten time for job search.
This website introduces a considerable number of jobs with video job descriptions.
Shotworks specialises in short term work, such as daily paid work.
From A introduces many kinds of jobs, including short-term work. They support the job seeker by informing about the job duties for each occupation.
Maha bite focuses on daily paid work. Besides, the local job centre's website, your networking and social media are good sources. Registering with a recruitment consultancy is also a good arsenal as they give you advice. If there is a suitable job, they will introduce it to you immediately. The local newspaper's classified ad is good, too.
There are many daily paid jobs out there. However, it may confuse you if you are new to the Japanese market. To find out the suitable one, read about the seven jobs that I recommend.
Warehouse workers' primary duty is to receive and dispatch items, prepare, and place orders. You will load and unload items from or to delivery vehicles, pick up products from the warehouse, transfer inventory to the delivery area, wrap and pack products in boxes. You need to comply with relevant safety rules and regulations, policy and procedures.
You are confident in physical strength, agility and repetitive work, and are available to work extended hours.
The working time is 6-9 hours. The daily wage is 7,000-10,000yen. Some employers look for the position of picker packer and package handler separately.
Promotion staff will encourage people to try new products at shops. You will provide samples of sales items, including food, drinks or mobile phones, and inform about the product details and respond to customers' questions.
You are excellent at communication with new people and customer service.
The working time is 5-9 hours. The daily wage is 9,000-12,000yen. You will need to attend one-day training before starting work. It usually takes place on the interview day.
Construction workers are responsible for preparing event venues. You will build or disassemble stages, including unloading and packing up equipment from delivery vehicles before and after the events.
You are confident in your physical stamina.
The working time is 8-10 hours. The daily wage is 9,000-15,000yen. Generally, most employers pay a higher rate for night work. The recruitment increases in spring and summer.
Movers are responsible for moving furniture and other stuff from one location to another location without any damage.
You are physically fit enough to complete heavy manual work.
The daily wage is 10,000-16,000yen. The working times is 6-8 hours. You may need to deal with multiple removals per day, especially in spring.
Tissue paper staff take on handing a small package of tissue paper to passers-by outside. The volume is significant.
You are physically fit for work outside and are good at repetitive work.
The daily rate is 4,000-6,000yen. The working time is 1-6 hours.
Delivery drivers' primary duty is to collect items and take them to their destinations by vehicles. They handle a variety of items ranging from food to large equipment. School bus drivers are responsible for transporting people to their destinations. Events drivers work on the event day such as a wedding, funeral or festivals.
You are an excellent driver with an official driving license, and are confident in transporting items or people in a safe manner, and have good time management skill.
The average hourly rate is 1,240 yen. The working time varies.
Dishwashers will work in kitchens. Their primary responsibility is washing dishes and various appliances, taking out garbage bins, mopping floors and assisting restaurant staff with other tasks, as needed.
You are confident in standing for long hours and have excellent time management skills.
The hourly rate is 950-1,300yen. The working time is 6-8hours.
Daily paid work has advantages and drawbacks.
Non-binding obligationMost daily paid workers are employed on an agreed daily or fixed hourly rate. It means that you can switch to another company that offers a higher price without any legal bindings.
You can actualise work and life balance.
The wage is paid on the following day or a week after completing your task.
You don't play a large part in managing the organisation. What you need is to follow a manager's instruction.
Unlike salary employees, daily paid workers have no job security. You have to find a job to make ends meet all the time.
Daily paid workers have no fixed income.
Salary employees are legally protected when their employers terminate them. In contrast, daily paid workers are not entitled to receive legal assistance.
First, you should check the details of the recruitment advertisement, such as your duty, the rate of pay, hours you should be working, payday, and where to work. If you don't get clear answers from the advertisement, ask employers.
I hope you will get some insight into daily paid jobs. Finding jobs is not easy but enjoyable. Have a go for getting a job and wage that you deserve!