Understanding the changing landscape of talent acquisition in Japan
In our recent global research, one of the key trends was an increasing demand for contract workers especially within the STEM industries. While permanent employment has been the primary choice for both employers and job seekers in Japan whilst contract employment has been recognised as the secondary option, we witness a changing attitude in dynamic organisations and sought-after professionals within STEM.
To examine this shift in greater detail, and better understand the changing expectations and priorities that STEM professionals have, Computer Futures, our IT specialist recruitment brand, had conducted research across STEM professionals in Japan.
About the research
We conduct surveys and reports both on a global and local level, to provide special insights both into job seekers’ journeys as well as into the dynamics of the industry itself that shape recruitment within STEM.
Our global survey was done at the end of 2021 which gathered insights from 5,000 STEM specialists across our key global regions, including the USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Japan. We’ve used those data to further survey more companies and professionals within STEM locally in Japan in September 2022 to give you critical insights into the priorities, goals, and perception regarding STEM employment and the future of work.
Our local research and insights are based on responses from 800 STEM specialists (mostly IT professionals) and STEM employers across a broad range of STEM sectors, from IT & Technology to Life Sciences.
These are the key findings from our local research, which are mostly consistent with global trends.
Contractors are increasingly in demand as a way to secure skilled talent especially within STEM fields. 83% of STEM organisations which we have surveyed are either already using or will consider using contractors.
The shift from life-time employment to job-specific hiring models, alongside changes in people's mind-set driven by the pandemic have caused STEM organisations to become more agile and rethink the ways they access talent and capability. The flexibility that contract workers have, and the demands from project-based business models have caused the demand for contractors in Japan.
While the demand for contractors is increasing, skilled talent are also becoming more open towards contract work. 75% of total survey respondents have mentioned that they are either already working as a contractor or would consider working as a contractor.
Contract work has been considered as a secondary or back-up option to permanent jobs, but skilled professionals are starting to recognise it as a positive challenge to upskill themselves and reignite their career.
Competition for skilled talent in Japan remains fierce, especially in a candidate-short industry like IT and technology, and skilled talent are fully aware of their market value. Therefore, Salary and Benefits are the top priorities for skilled job seekers when searching for a job.
Another interesting finding is that flexible working is no longer a benefit, but a standard requirement for job seekers. 65% of STEM organisations surveyed have mentioned that flexible working and remote work options are their most attractive selling point to candidates, but STEM organisations will need to understand that this will no longer suffice to attract the best candidates in the market.
Companies with a positive impact to social and environment are increasingly important to job seekers.
Skilled job seekers are having more choices than before. They are also increasingly aware of the environment today. But more importantly, younger skilled talent are more interested in the impact they can make. 83% of local skilled talent surveyed have viewed this as either important or very important. This is consistent with the trend globally.
The demand for skilled talent has meant that traditional methods of talent acquisition must be rethought. 81% of STEM organisations surveyed have mentioned that their main hiring challenge is the inability to find the right talent based on skill sets to complete the project or task. This means employers find it hard to source for candidates with the exact qualifications and experience needed.
On the other hand, 89% of local skilled talent surveyed have mentioned that they are open to the idea of exploring a different industry. As such, STEM orgnisation will stand a better chance if they look across different industries and re-strategise their talent search if they want to successfully hire into key roles.
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Our full report provides more data and analytics on the research. Download the report now for special insights into the career journeys and dynamics that shape talent acquisition in the STEM sectors.
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