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Japan – Hays highlights job hotspots

24 July 2013

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.


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Timothy Corley, Jr.07/25/2013 10:53 pm

Even with this apparent uptick in hiring in Japan, what is (it with) the apparant propensity **even for foreign affiliated firms** (e.g. for US firms acting against all non-discriminatory hiring regs of EEOC they--and their executive recruiters as agents--are clearly bound by even if operating overseas) to avoid hiring or even interviewing for "gaishikei" a) those over say 40+ years of age; and b) those who are non-Japanese citizens but are perfectly bilingual and can do the job as well as any bilingual Japanese can do? This was not always the case. The "gaishikei" hiring managers seem younger, and narrowly, (in a bid to cut costs?) hiring either within their own age group(s) and/or purposely avoiding hiring Americans in Japan for some reason in favor of Japanese nationals--though they will never admit to this and were it to be known back in the states it would make for very poor CSR image. Sometimes this "such and such not wanted" is stated right up there in the Job Descriptions in Japanese. Is this a phantom observation, or is it an actual phenomenon? Will anyone in HR or exec. recruiting even step forward with honesty and clarity to confirm if such a trend or situation or "new-new" actually exists?

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