More talk, more hiring: mobile development leads talent trend this quarter, says Hays

January 16th, 2012News

The talent race will be greatest in Japan’s booming IT sector this quarter, with job opportunities increasing by multiples of ten for mobile development skills, says recruiting experts Hays.

In their latest Hays Quarterly Report, for the January to March quarter, the recruiter found that as new venture companies take advantage of options available following the emergence of Smartphones, they have taken their expansion plans to a new level, particularly in the area of mobile games development.

“We are seeing employers increase their headcount by multiples of tens in most cases and reaching out across all avenues to fill their open positions,” says Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays in Japan.

“In other areas, we are seeing a number of telecommunications and network companies increasing their headcount, particularly in the space of mobile broadband as an increasing number of consumers move to browsing the internet and communicating over their mobile devices. There is no doubt that there will be plenty of job opportunities in this space for good talent.

“Other sectors experiencing high demand for candidates this quarter include insurance, life sciences and legal. In particular, the demand for Lawyers with project finance and major projects experience is increasing, while in-house positions in pharmaceutical, information technology and e-commerce remain strong in response to new business lines and market demand.”

The Hays Quarterly Report lists the skills in most demand in Japan for the January to March quarter:

– Hays Accountancy & Finance – commerce & industry: Middle management candidates in both Accounting and FP&A continue to be in high demand. There were many senior management level positions in the previous quarter and after filling those positions, the next layer of middle management have opened as a result of replacement or restructuring.

– Hays Banking: Compliance and market risk candidates remain in demand in addition to credit risk and liquidity risk specialists. Corporate Banking Relationship Managers, Salespeople as well as Banking Operations specialists are all in demand, while the Asset Management industry has active requirements across the board.

– Hays Finance Technology: Bilingual Project Managers will be in high demand due to offshore project growth in finance technology. Also required are treasury and corporate banking professionals. Insurance IT is another hotspot of demand as insurance firms start allocating new hiring budgets, which were lost as a result of the earthquake in March last year.

– Hays Human Resources: A number of HR Business Partner positions have opened recently as companies go through a period of restructuring or transition in response to the economic climate. These vacancies are also the result of a growing recognition amongst leading corporations of the strategic role HR can play in driving a business and keeping costs to a minimum.

– Hays Information Technology: We are currently seeing a strong trend in mobile development hiring. Employers are increasing their headcount by multiples of tens in most cases, and reaching out across all avenues to fill their open positions. In other areas, we are seeing a number of Telecom/Network companies increasing their headcount, particularly in the space of mobile broadband.

– Hays Insurance: Given the increase in direct selling insurance business, Claim Adjusters are in high demand for direct insurance business companies. Candidates with both experience as well as those who lack prior experience are being considered. Demand also exists for Sales Representatives for agents.

– Hays Legal: The demand for Lawyers with project finance and major projects work experience is increasing. The approval by The Bank of Japan for greater investment in developed countries has created new demand. In-house positions in pharmaceutical, information technology and e-commerce remain strong in response to new business lines and market demand.

– Hays Office Professionals: Office Managers and Administration Managers are in demand particularly by law firms and consultancies. Firms are starting to up-skill their back office and are seeking strong talent that can manage administration resources, as well as general administration and back office functions. Legal Secretaries are also needed.

– Hays Life Science: There is high demand for clinical development candidates and Sales Representatives. The demand for clinical staff is the result of the expansion of foreign companies into Japan that need to undertake localised clinical trials. Clinical Research Associates and Project Managers are also sought.

– Hays Property: Facility management candidates remain in strong demand across Tokyo as large companies continue to look for better methods of handling their corporate real estate needs. There is a large increase in demand for Development Managers, both Construction Supervisors and Development Project Managers, as both domestic and international companies start new projects in Japan.

– Hays Sales & Marketing: Junior level sales and marketing positions are widely available as companies invest their budget in their sales force. There is an increase in demand for experienced Digital Marketing professionals, capable of incorporating SNS, mobile applications and websites. For senior level positions within the consumer industry, specialised professionals with solid market experience and a strong strategic mindset remain in high demand.

– Hays Supply Chain: Demand Planners, Inventory Management, Six Sigma or Lean Sigma specialists are sought as businesses look to cut unnecessary production costs in order to increase company profit.

View the full Hays Quarterly Report at www.hays.co.jp/en/quarterly_report from Tuesday 10 January, 2012.

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.

Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK (“Hays Japan”) operates across the private sector, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays Japan is the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate specialist business units composed of professionals with experience and expertise in the sectors they cover. Hays Japan’s thirteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Office Professionals, Property, Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain.

Hays Japan is also the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate three local offices, serving the Kanto region from Akasaka and Shinjuku, and Kansai from central Osaka.

Hays Japan is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,600 staff operating from 255 offices across 31 countries.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the United Kingdom and the USA.



Source: Hays

Contact:

Keiko Asakura
Hays Japan
Marketing Manager
+81 3 3560 2813
Keiko.Asakura@hays.co.jp

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