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The latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots report shows that IT professionals, web developers and FP&A managers are in high demand this quarter. Companies are particularly interested in hiring professionals with bilingual skills.
The report, which covers hiring intentions for the April to June period, also found pockets of skills shortages in sectors such as IT and accountancy and finance.
“As the Japanese market is opening up to e-commerce on the same scale as the US and Europe, businesses are looking to maximize returns through this sales stream, creating a strong demand for IT professional and web developers,” said Jonathan Sampson, regional director of Hays in Japan.
Demand for certain candidates this quarter is largely driven by the lack of bilingual staff in Japan – now a standard pre-requisite across many sectors. “For example, there are not enough bilingual candidates in Japan to supply the demand for FP&As with good English and communication skills. Many companies are looking for these candidates and when good candidates come onto the market employers will need to be competitive to secure them,” said Mr Sampson.
The report breaks down demand for staff by sector. In banking, fixed income sales and fixed income derivatives staff are most sought after while in life sciences, companies are looking for candidates familiar with regulatory affairs and quality assurance management. IT companies are looking for technical account managers and technical support while sales representatives for insurance agents are hottest in demand in the insurance industry.