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Japan – Firms prefer regional experience, says Robert Walters

04 March 2013

Companies in Japan are demanding more regional experience from prospective jobseekers as firms shift support functions to other Asian countries, new research from Robert Walters has found. This suggests that companies are increasingly streamlining middle and back-office job functions and move jobs offshore to cost-effective countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.

This has also prompted a rise in demand for professionals with South-East Asian business experience. Some employers request candidates to speak a third Asian language, particularly Mandarin, Korean or Thai.

Vendor firms have also become more popular as demand has increased for specialised workers based in Japan to coordinate vendors based overseas and manage regional projects. Technology firms make particular use of this strategy due to the high costs with building in-house specialist teams and the rise in skilled workers outside of Japan.

“Managing technology costs will remain a big theme for many companies in 2013. As such we expect salary averages will remain similar to 2012 levels,” said Samuel Griffiths from Robert Walters Japan.

“In-demand professionals changing jobs are still receiving modest salary increases, however, in many cases these are extremely limited. The only exceptions will be in areas such as virtualisation, big data and SaaS with the shortage of qualified professionals expected to continue so we may see salary inflation for highly skilled professionals in those areas.”

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