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Wage for Temporary Staffing and High-Paid Temporary Works

Wage for Temporary Staffing and High-Paid Temporary Works

Even though the strong perception of lifelong employment in Japan, it is a fact that fix-term employments exist widely, especially temporary work, with a Japanese name as dispatch work, increasingly utilized by both employer and employee side. Temporary work refers to work that a worker, which we are going to call temporary staffing, makes an employment contract with a staffing agency and then works at another company, which we are going to call client company, at a dispatch format. Temporary staffing is not allowed to work at the same workplace for more than three years by the revised Japanese Worker Dispatch Law.

Employers benefit from temporary staffing as a permanent recruitment can be a laborious process and quite hard to get rid of. For employees, temporary work allows them to choose industry, workplace and working hours to take a balance between work and life, and gives them freedom to gain skills in a new area where they may not have previously worked to develop CVs. You may become interested in temporary works, but how about the wage? We are going to talk about it and introduce some well paid ones.

The average wage of temporary work

According to the results of the Report of Worker Dispatching Undertakings in 2017 announced by The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of temporary staffing is approximately 1.76 million, and the average wage per 8 hours is 13,831 yen so that a per-hour wage can be calculated as 1729 yen. Considering working days around 240 per year (weekends, holidays are subtracted), the average annual income will be 3319,440 yen.

Of course the average wage differs from prefectures and industries. Almost 65.7% of temporary staffing are working in Kanto area including Tokyo, and temporarily working as a sales engineer gets the highest per-8-hour wage as 16,447 yen. Similar with regular employment, temporary works with high-skills tend to get higher pays.

The difference of wage compared with arbeit and regular employees

Compared with other employment styles, is temporary staffing paid more?

Between temporary staffing and arbeit

The average wage for arbeit differs a lot depending on prefectures. If working in Tokyo, an arbeit at convenience stores can earn around 1200 yen per hour, while around 800 yen or less in rural areas. Considering its average per-hour wage as 1729 yen, temporary staffing gets a higher wage than arbeit.

Between temporary staffing and regular employees

Only minor difference can be seen in the hourly wage between them two, however when comes to annual income, regular employees outstrip temporary staffing a lot in average. There are research results showing that regular employees get an average annual income as 4850,000 yen, while 3319,440 yen in the case of temporary staffing as mentioned above.

Though paid nearly the same per hour, why is the big wage gap about 153 ten thousand yen between them two? Actually besides wage, regular employees are provided with bonuses and various benefits such as reimbursement for transportation, apartment, etc. while most temporary staffing are not covered. Therefore from a total eye, regular employees get a better annual income.

Surely there are situations that temporary staffing with high skills or in key positions get paid more than their regular counterparts.

Some well-paid temporary works

Let's introduce some common temporary works with high annual income.

Data entry and keypuncher

Both of them two are works to input written files, such as handwritten manuscripts, sales slips, questionnaires and application forms, etc. into excel files or other computer files. However, the former one may also request the worker to do other regular tasks like answering phones, while the latter usually focuses on typing.

Translator and interpreter

The former is to translate documents or video scripts from one language to another language and the workplace is usually before computers indoors, while the latter is to interpret one language to another and works for meetings, business trips, conferences both indoors and outdoors.

Sales for fashion, apparel, cosmetics, home electric appliances, mobile phones

To work at shopping malls or brand stores to sell products to customers, not only japanese but also foreign tourists, as Japan is famous for the above products.


To create various systems and software using programming language with computers. Systems and software created by programmers are used in various places, including logistics systems and financial systems used by companies, even in televisions, smartphones, and microwave ovens. Generally programmers program based on system specifications created by system engineers.

Web coder for web production

To code a web draft about layout and color, etc. designed by a web designer into a form that can be viewed on the web. Specifically, the main job is to create a website that matches the client's image using various software and programming languages in accordance with the original design draft.

Web designer

The main job is to design websites requested by clients, including the layout, overall structure and color scheme of the website by talking with the clients.

Helper, care worker and certified care worker

The work content of all of them are to go around the home of an elderly person or person with a disability who has difficulty in daily life due to aging or mental or physical disability, and provide housework services or physical care. If a helper or care worker got a national qualification for nursing care, he or she will be called a certified care worker and can be the person in charge of the site and give lessons to helpers.

Light work as sorting

To sort a large amount of luggage that arrives at a warehouse or factory according to the rules so that it can be easily found.

Truck driver, shipping and delivery

All of them three are works of transporting and delivering luggage by trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles to various places such as private homes and companies. There are various types of baggage that can be handled from luggages for home such as daily necessities and food, to construction materials and letters.