More employees in Japan engage in moonlighting
The main reason for employees taking on a side job is earning extra income to cover living expenses, an online survey conducted by job placement firm CrowdWorks this September has revealed.
Of the 1,000 survey participants, 20% say they currently have second jobs, while 14% had them in the past. These include working at another company as a salesperson or a consultant, while others sell products online.
Regarding additional income each month, only 13% said they get over 100,000 yen (US$712), while 16% said they get less than that amount, but over 50,000 yen (US$356). The largest portion, at 65%, said they earn less than US$356 in an average month.
Japanese companies have long forbidden employees to have side jobs, but that has been changing in recent years, reported NHK.
In July, the Japanese government had asked companies that prohibit their employees from taking a second job to explain their reasons, in a move aimed at encouraging more large companies to allow their employees to hold such jobs. The rule is not mandatory, and companies that decline to provide reasons will not face a penalty.
However, the government hopes to work with Keidanren, Japan’s powerful business lobby, to urge more large companies, which have traditionally been cautious about allowing their employees to have a second job, to respond favourably to the request.