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World – Japan hiring more temporary workers, Hays finds

18 July 2012

Japan, the second largest staffing market in the world after the US, is seeing a spike in demand for temporary roles across a range of skilled professions but a lack of labour persists, a new report by recruitment firm Hays found.

“Demand has remained steady for skilled professionals in Japan, and there is a clear shortage. The current spike in demand for temporary workers can be seen as a compromise, as employers are increasingly desperate to fill open roles and can take on these candidates more quickly than for permanent equivalents. It is an indication of the resilience of demand, particularly for experienced multilingual candidates,” said Japan-based Hays Operations Director for Asia, Christine Wright.

She argued that candidates in the country still tend to focus on permanent jobs, which she believes in an “exacerbating demand, as many qualified candidates hold off on accepting a quality temporary role.”

The Hays Quarterly Report for July to September found that demand is especially high for skilled professional in accountancy and finance. Particularly financial analysts are sought after while the banking sector is in need of compliance officers, from associate to director level. There is also much demand for technology candidates working as project manager and business analysts while companies also report of increasing hiring intentions for people working in HR.

To read the full survey, click here

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