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'Help wanted': Businesses struggle to fill jobs

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Some countries are easing their immigration rules to attract more workers.

Sone countries aren't

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Germany, United States, Australia, Canada...but what about this country? Japan is not mentioned even once in the article.

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Written in Paris, maybe writer is unaware

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Pay these people more money. For decades jobs in the hospitality industry, and teachers, and other jobs that actually provide a valuable service to someone else have been looked down upon as easy, or not worth paying good money for. Why should these people get paid any less than an office worker sat doing nothing that adds any real value all day?

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Hilarious that when there is an employer demand, the wages trend lower. But when there is an employee demand, we get articles discussing about people unwilling to work instead of the wages trending higher.

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Hopefully this trend will come to Japan as well since there still are "we won't treat or pay you well but at least you should be glad you are hired" mentality here. We've had enough.

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, we get articles discussing about people unwilling to work instead of the wages trending higher.

Ideally we get a snapshot of the whole situation not just a part

To keep or woo workers, companies are offering higher salaries. Other benefits that have emerged include the option of working from home, "bonus" holidays and more personal days.

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Hearing many cutting new paths since the COVID outbreak, money is one factor among several.

Management is not what it was, job bloat where many are expected to be available at the company's whim, customer abuse and personal safety - particularly in hospo and education, politics taking up more consideration in ways of working, supply chain issues unresolved for two and a half years, many folk keeping jobs they're over skilled in, because the pay in a promotion is not worth the increased BS.

Businesses are now faced with a workforce that sees unionization much more favorably - 68% of Americans approve of unions. Starbuck employees who are collectivizing want fairer work schedules, safer and more secure workplaces - as well as more dough.

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I think that’s all just a fake. They’ll just optimize the processing, install automatic devices or robots and fire people as before. They won’t pay a dime more, that’s an illusion. And the precarious ones are sooner or later forced into those plumber or driver jobs, due to inflation and high energy prices without adequate help from the governments. Look, if you or me want a job in an economy situation without much work, we had or have to write and send hundreds of applications , of which all or 99.9% land unread and unanswered in the garbage can. Now this issue here, which is sold to us as the contrary, employers search for legions of blue or white collar employees. Now, it’s your turn, watch your letter boxes, do you find only a single job offer from enterprises in your neighborhood or city, containing a good job offer and generous wages, something like that? No, not even one, through all the pandemic and still today. Therefore they don’t look for employees, that’s a big fake and virtual media hype only.

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Why should these people get paid any less than an office worker sat doing nothing that adds any real value all day?

Because I can easily do what you do, but you can't do what I do.

Those that can't, teach.

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Probably the unemployed people balance the benefits of social security against the salary and other factors and they leave its just a mistake to pay more and give more benefits to employees, i think a business model without needing them is what is been a result of that.

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The mindset of the people today is WHY WORK when the government will give you more money for doing NOTHING than what you would normally make working a 9-5 job. On the other hand you have a bunch of people who want high salaries that can't spell their names correctly.

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Work for someone else?

No thanks!

I’ll never have to go back to living my life by the minute or worrying if I’ll be late for work.

Work for yourself and keep your own hours and asI do 99% of my work from home I never have to put on a suit or tie…

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Why should these people get paid any less than an office worker sat doing nothing that adds any real value all day?

Can you do statistical analysis? How about complex data analyses? I can honestly say my work has saved the agency I work for more money than they will ever pay me. How about you? Just asking.

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Those that can't, teach.

And that is exactly the sort of mistaken assumption that degrades and devalues teachers, and makes it so hard to retain the ones we have while attracting the new talent the teaching profession needs.

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Work for someone else?

No thanks!

I’ll never have to go back to living my life by the minute or worrying if I’ll be late for work

Here is the rub. Yeah I would love to ditch the day job and just go out on my own, but because I have a military service connected disability I can't buy private health insurance. My pre-existing condition makes me uninsurable. Relying only on the VA is tough due to the distances involved getting to the nearest VA clinic, and the hospitals are a long way away.

However if I am an employee of a company the laws are such that an employer based health insurance cannot deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition. I have friends who have their own business and no health insurance at all. They are young but I wonder what happens when they get old and have the problems of old age. I'm already there and know, so I hang on to my day job even as I have my own little business.

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This problem does not exist in Japan....

I was employed as a temporary staff, here, and subjected to verbal abuse by my local Manager within a non-Japanese Company. After reporting the matter to my Agency, I was let go. I doubt I will be employed again as such.

So much for the Employment needs of Japan...

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@Desert Tortoise - what you say sounds terrible, is this the case within Japan or the US ?

It sounds so disrespectful of those who have served their Country to the point that it should be illegal, and why isn't it so ?

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It sounds so disrespectful of those who have served their Country to the point that it should be illegal, and why isn't it so ?

It's the US. My disability is not severe enough to qualify for a full disability pension through the Veterans Administration but is enough that private insurers won't touch me. I can get medical care and prescription drugs , but not dental or vision care, through VA facilities as long as I can get to the door of the facility. If I have an auto or motorcycle accident or a medical emergency at home and am taken to the nearest ER as the law requires, then the VA will not cover my medical expenses. However as long as I have a day job with health insurance all I have to worry about are the co-pays, but even those can be significant. The VA won't cover dependents either, only the veteran. The US needs some kind of single payer health insurance system but too many Americans consider that to be "socialist" and thus proscribed. Since I live in a rural area far from the nearest VA facility they have been allowing us to use private health care providers in our area for a limited number of things like colonoscopies that otherwise would require an overnight stay in a hotel before you could safely drive home, or force a spouse to take a day off to bring you down and drive you home. Still the VA won't pay for a trip to the local urgent care.

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For 50 years, I worked for myself, self-employed. No regrets about that.

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