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Are you being paid less over the summer and winter holidays?

2016/05/19

I am sure that one of the first parts of a job description we read is the salary explanation. As any of us who have been looking at job sites recently will notice the worrying trend of decreasing salaries, one posting I saw a couple of weeks ago was for a full time ALT position in Tokyo and was advertised at 160,000yen per month. I wondered how many people could realistically pay rent and live a comfortable life in Tokyo with this kind of salary.

One teacher I met recently was looking for a full time position in Tokyo starting when his current contract ends at the end of March. We talked about his current position and it seemed to me as if he really enjoyed his classes and was satisfied with his role in the school which in turn led me to wonder why he wanted to leave. I think he was reluctant to tell me the real reason, in interviews I guess we are not supposed to say this, but it boiled down to his salary. He is working at a school full time, Monday to Friday, yet he is only making 200,000yen per month and even this was cut during the summer and winter holidays. He told me that this was proving to be very difficult with Tokyo living costs, as well as being able to enjoy himself.

This is just one of the times when I realize that EduCareer stands apart from other recruiting companies in this respect. I was able to assure him that all of our positions, that aren't part-time, offer a fixed 12 month rate payment, and we also cover their transportation costs. I think this offers a lot more stability than not knowing exactly how much your salary will be each month. Of course teacher's salaries vary greatly depending on the school, location as well as the position's responsibilities but as a general rule you can expect to be fairly compensated for your hard work.

If you are in the same position as the teacher who attended our interview last week why not have a look at our website and contact us to arrange for an interview.
http://www.educareer.jp/
We aim to support you and your career in the Japanese education system.

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