Swedish furniture chain IKEA recently revealed that the company will be making significant changes to their job descriptions of Japanese employees. In addition to that, the company announced that it will eliminate fixed-term contracts for part-time workers in Japan.


It has been reported that new job descriptions should start as of September 2014 and their goal will be to create equality for about 3,400 employees in Japan. The latest reports say that salaries of all part-time workers might be raised as well. The part-time employees of the company account for about 70% of IKEA Japan’s work force.

The furniture giant also stated that they are interviewing part-time, as well as full-time workers in order to make decisions. Another change will include the end of six-month contracts, which part-time employees of the company sign when entering IKEA Japan. On the other hand, many people who found out about the announcement were skeptical about the retailer’s true intentions.

One of the netizens said that employees can be fired at any time now. Many also have doubts regarding where the company would bring funds in order to pay for such changes. A spokesperson for IKEA Japan said that they are not lowering salaries of full-time workers, which means that they will be raising wages of part-time workers.

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