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Japan – Recruitment to pick up in pharma and energy sectors

17 October 2012

Employers in Japan are planning strategic hiring before the end of the year with recruitment expected to pick up in the pharmaceuticals and renewable energy job market, a new report by staffing firm Hays Japan shows this week.

But due to cost pressures, many businesses are maintaining their staffing levels and tend to replace workers in case they leave. “However, many hiring managers are keen to recruit and the challenge is getting the approvals,” said Hays operations director of Asia, Christine Wright.

The research, which covers employment trends for the fourth quarter of the year, also found that jobseekers in the country remain cautious when considering a job change, focussing on promotion and advancement.

The report also found a growing gap in expectations between employers and candidates when it comes to pay and skill sets. Some employers make salary offers to candidates below the current market rate. This also applies to temporary assignments due to a low temporary staffing budget, Ms Wright said.

In the fourth quarter, demand remains high for skilled professionals in finance and accounting jobs, but also in HR, IT and legal professions. 

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