Toyota and other Japanese automakers on Tuesday said they planned to hire thousands of contract workers in Japan as they look to make up for lost production due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Toyota alone said it planned to hire up to 4,000 contract workers at its Japan factories. "In terms of domestic output, the company expects production will start recovering from October, making up the delay caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake," a Toyota statement said.
"In order to meet the challenge, the company plans to hire 3,000 to 4,000 contract workers throughout the nation from mid-July."
They will be Toyota’s first new contract hires since December 2009, said spokeswoman Kayo Doi.
Honda plans to hire about 1,000 new contract workers and renew contracts with current employees as it looks to boost output in the second half of the year, a spokeswoman said.
And Nissan plans to increase the number of contract workers by at least 200 at its five domestic plants by the end of July.
Amid uncertainty in the outlook on supply and sales fronts, Japanese automakers remain cautious about new full-time hires. But demand for outsourcing and temporary labour is recovering.