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Are You Being Paid Less Over The Holidays?

2020/05/13

It's certain that one of the first parts of a job description we avert our eyes to is the salary. 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 advertised at 160,000 yen 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 interviewed recently was looking for a full time position in Tokyo starting when his current contract ends in July. We talked about his current position and it was evident that he really enjoyed his classes and was satisfied with his role in the school. This led me to wonder why he wanted to leave. In the end, it boiled down to his salary. He is working at a school full time, Monday to Friday, yet his salary was 200,000 yen per month. The salary however, is 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 one of the times when I realize that EduCareer stands apart from other recruiting companies in this respect. I assured him that all of our full time positions offer a fixed monthly salary for all 12 months, and we also fully cover transportation costs. I think this offers a lot more stability than not knowing exactly how much your salary will be each month. That being said, 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 with EduCareer.


If you are in the same position as the teacher interviewed last week, why not have a browse of the rest of our website and contact us to arrange an interview?


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