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Japan – Employers Want Language Skills, Finds Hays

30 January 2013

Demand for language skills remains strong across the Japanese employment sector, according to a new survey by Hays. This found that businesses are keen to hire Japanese people with good English skills while English speakers who are well-versed in Japanese are also welcomed with open arms.

The recruiter has seen increased applications from overseas, especially from Europe, as experienced mid-career professionals explore opportunities outside often struggling domestic markets.

Japan is currently experiencing a wide range of skills shortages in its job market. Hiring is often candidate-driven and those who have nurtured the right skills are bound to benefit, Hays said.

“We strongly encourage candidates from both Japan and overseas to invest in developing their language skills. Particularly given Japan’s push for outbound economic growth, with the proper preparation, there is substantial opportunity to advance rapidly,” said newly appointed regional manager of Hays Japan, Jonathan Sampson.

“At the same time, different sectors have different needs. It pays to know what the trends are in your sector.”

There are still industries where foreign jobseekers with limited Japanese skills are sought after. This includes IT consulting companies which are increasingly working with Japanese employers. At the same time, the banking sector holds a preference for foreign candidates with fluent Japanese.

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