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Direct Hire

You may be wondering exactly what “direct hire” means. Well, in terms of working for Japanese schools it means you have a contract directly with the school itself or the Board of Education, with no company as the middle man. Of course there are benefits associated with direct hire, such as not having to report to a company to make a decision and being able to negotiate your own working conditions. Working conditions themselves vary greatly from school to school and it is important to check them out before you agree to sign a contract.

While you may be expecting a higher salary than going through a dispatch agency in fact this may not be the case, in fact the school may not provide the benefits you may expect. Within Japanese schools there are different types of teacher; “Sennin,” “Jokin” and “Hijokin” which translate very roughly in order to “full time, full responsibility,” “full time but without the benefits or responsibility of the Sennin” and “part time” teachers. If you are offered a direct contract it is vital to check what kind of teacher you will be employed as.

EduCareer is aiming to provide a direct hire introduction service for teachers to private schools as we believe this to be the best partnership for teachers, Japanese schools and students alike.

If you like stability and the idea of being a real part of the school where you work you will probably be suited for direct hire, maybe have a look at the dispatch page before you decide if direct hire is for you.


As we are all aware there are many dispatch companies in Japan; all have different operating styles and different types of schools as clients. Some dispatch companies specialize in Assistant Teacher positions (ALT) where others may also have solo teaching positions, some require reports to be written and sent to them on a regular basis and others do not. It is also worth remembering that all these companies often have very different pay scales and benefits packages, it is worth checking them out before you agree to sign anything. Did you know that often it is not the school that decides your salary but the dispatch company itself?

Schools don’t often like to hire directly and so go through a dispatch company, this means that in fact there is a greater variety of positions available.

Benefits of using a dispatch agency include the company’s ability to negotiate with the school on your behalf and provide support for you and the school possibly making your life a little bit easier. Also dispatch agencies have a number of part time or summer positions that will be introduced to you if you can create a good working relationship.

Dispatch agencies can be a good place to start your career or a stop gap between schools, does this sound like what you are aiming for?

Or have you considered direct hire?

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