Subsidies offered for giving part-timers full-time jobs

Kyodo News

Companies hiring nonstudent part-timers as full-time employees could get a subsidy of up to ¥1 million per person under the terms of a new employment stimulus package being drafted by the government, sources said Tuesday.

The proposal, supported by the ruling coalition, follows a ¥26.9 trillion economic stimulus package revealed in late October, and comes amid recent concerns about job security that have heightened due to massive workforce cuts among nonregular workers and an increase in the cancellation of job offers to college students.

Under the stimulus plan, the government would offer up to ¥1 million to small and midsize businesses and ¥500,000 to larger companies every time they make a part-time employee a full-time worker before their contract is terminated.

It is also considering granting job creation subsidies to firms that hire those who are facing job cancellations or are unable to get a job, including college students.