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Accountancy, sales, and compliance professionals are in demand in Japan’s job market, as organisations invest selectively in headcount, according to Hays Japan. In its latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots list of job in demand, factors driving recruitment for organisations are the replacement of departing staff, up-skilling current teams, and selective recruitment.
Jonathan Sampson, regional director of Hays Japan said: “While the long-term effect of ‘Abenomics’ is still to be seen, it has certainly supported an increase in vacancy activity across a number of skill requirements. Demand is not evident in every function in every location, but there are pockets of specific skill shortages and areas of staffing demand.”
Candidates bilingual in English and Japanese are increasingly sought after for Financial Planning & Analysis Managers role; as are Lawyers, Accountants, and Indirect Procurement Senior Managers. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Compliance professionals, as well as Internal Audit and Corporate Governance professionals continue to be in high demand. Sales Administrators and Sales Assistants, as well as Sales Representatives, are in high demand, particularly with regard to direct sales.
“Hiring managers are more optimistic. They are replacing departing staff and making selective investments in roles that can add immediate value to their business. Based on feedback from employers, there is a feeling that there will be some recovery of our economy,” Mr Sampson added.