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Hays Quarterly Report: Demand Up for Multilingual Candidates in Japan's Recruitment Market.

Tokyo, Oct 14, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - The ability to speak multiple languages, along with Information Technology, Insurance and Office Professional skills, top the list of those in demand this quarter as we move towards the end of 2011, says recruiting experts Hays.

In their latest Hays Quarterly Report, for the October-December quarter, the recruiter found that despite the usual end of year slowdown in the market, we are still seeing positive hiring intentions.

"We expect to see more positions open this quarter and October and November to be quite busy for recruiting activity, as companies rush to fill vacancies before year-end closing," says Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays in Japan. "Employers are still actively seeking out talented candidates with the skills they need to drive their business forward in 2012.

"While market uncertainty has translated into longer approval processes with more sign-offs required and often additional justification for most roles, firms who are able to move more quickly have been taking advantage of this by snapping up candidates who are also interviewing with competitors.

"As a result, hiring managers are increasingly seeking to start the approvals process earlier to keep pace with competitors. Salaries are also increasing to ensure they remain competitive.

"One of the most active sectors this quarter is IT, where many employers are hiring. They are offering higher packages for candidates in demand.

"Another new trend to emerge this quarter is the growing demand for multilingual Executive Secretaries, Translators and Office Administrators, as firms become increasingly globalised. We would advise candidates to take language classes to increase their overall employability.

"It is also refreshing to see sectors such as insurance offering junior positions that require no experience. This is a great way to attract young, fresh talent who they can then train up within the business."

The Hays Quarterly Report lists the skills in most demand in Japan for the October - December quarter:

Hays Accountancy & Finance - commerce & industry: Senior managers who found jobs during the hiring boom of 2006 - 2007 are now actively searching for their next role. This has created increased vacancy activity at the senior management level, which will continue as the economy recovers and hiring opportunities become more abundant.

Hays Banking: Particularly active areas in banking include Compliance, Market Risk, Product Control and Project Managers in Middle Office Operations where there is a limited supply of experienced candidates. In Asset Management, experienced Salespeople, Product Managers and Investment Managers/Fund Managers are still in demand.

Hays Finance Technology: Bilingual Project Managers and Business Analysts are in high demand. As investment banks move away from their traditional models, they are offshoring a lot of development, which is generating the need for a local professional to sit between the business and the developers offshore.

Hays Human Resources: Demand will continue for bilingual HR professionals, for both specialist and generalist roles. Recruiting Managers, Mobility Managers and HR Directors are also wanted across a number of sectors.

Hays Information Technology: ERP, C++, Java Software Developers and Software Support Specialists are top hotspots this quarter, with a number of roles needing to be filled. This is always a candidate short area. Software vendors and consulting firms will hire ERP Support and Consultant candidates.

Hays Insurance: Product Developers and Actuaries are wanted, particularly in the life insurance field. A number of players are trying to replicate the significant success seen by one player with investment type product offerings. Sales Representatives are also wanted to sell product offerings.

Hays Legal: Japanese computer game companies are actively growing their legal teams and are hiring bi-lingual qualified lawyers to support their overseas expansion.

Hays Office Professionals: Bilingual Executive Secretaries, Translators and Office Administrators are sought in the market. Candidates need to have strong skills across Microsoft packages. We are also seeing a rise in the number of requests for translation and interpretation candidates. This is a growing trend as firms becoming increasingly globalised.

Hays Pharma: The biggest demand is for Clinical Development professionals and Sales Representatives. The demand for clinical positions has come about from the expansion of foreign companies into Japan who need to undertake localised clinical trials. Sales Representatives are wanted to sell approved drug and medical devices and to help increase market share.

Hays Property: There continues to be a large demand for senior level Facility Managers and Corporate Real Estate specialists. Companies are looking for professionals in these areas to manage their portfolios. There has also been increasing demand for skilled Construction Project Managers and Development Managers. The need for skilled Corporate Real Estate professionals is steady and talented candidates are always in demand.

Hays Sales & Marketing: Junior to mid level sales and marketing positions are widely available as companies invest their budget in their sales force. Within finance IT, junior to mid level roles for both sales and marketing are in demand. We expect this demand to continue well into the next quarter. Within the consumer market, MD candidates are sought. Employers are looking for candidates with skills related to online businesses and e-commerce.

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

View the full Hays Quarterly Report at from Tuesday 4 October, 2011.

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 this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, and 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, Office Professionals, Pharma, 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 7,000 staff operating from 257 offices across 31 countries.

Source: Hays

Keiko Asakura
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