Employees posted to work in Japan to pay Ireland social insurance for up to five yearsFriday, November 12th, 2010
Ireland signed an Agreement on Social Security with Japan on 5 November and it comes into force on 1 December 2010. Its main purpose is to protect the pension rights of migrant workers who move between Ireland and Japan.
It is estimated that there are about 2,000 Japanese people in Ireland and approximately 1,500 Irish people in Japan, the majority of whom are long-term residents employed in the business sector. There is also a growing number of short-term visitors working as language teachers, mainly through the Japanese Government’s “Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme” (JET), or gaining work experience following third level education.
As well as improving the payment arrangements for State Pension and other contributory benefits, the Agreement allows employees who are posted to work for their company in the other country for up to 5 years to continue to pay insurance contributions under their national social security system instead of becoming liable for contributions in the other country.