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Hays Quarterly Report: Demand for Language Skills Resilient Across Japan's Job Market

Tokyo, Jan 30, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - According to Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK ("Hays"), demand for language skills remains strong across employers in Japan - particularly for Japanese nationals with English and native English speakers with Japanese. At the same time on the candidate side, Hays is seeing increased applications from overseas - especially Europe - as experienced mid-career professionals explore opportunities outside of often struggling home markets.

According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report, the right language skills set candidates apart from the competition. With Japan currently experiencing a wide range of skills shortages in its job market, hiring is often candidate-driven and those who have nurtured the right skills stand to benefit.

"We strongly encourage candidates from both Japan and overseas to invest in developing their language skills. Particularly given Japan's push for outbound economic growth, with the proper preparation, there is substantial opportunity to advance rapidly," says Jonathan Sampson, Regional Director of Hays in Japan.

"At the same time, different sectors have different needs. It pays to know what the trends are in your sector."

According to the Report, in certain industries foreign candidates with strong experience but limited Japanese are considered by employers. Information Technology consulting companies are increasingly working with Japanese employers expanding overseas, and require English even more than Japanese. At the same time, the banking sector holds a preference for foreign candidates with fluent Japanese.

According to the Hays Quarterly Report for January to March 2013, demand is highest for the following skilled professionals:

Hays Accountancy & Finance - Commerce & Industry
-- FP&A Managers
-- FP&A Staff
-- Accounting Managers
-- Controllers
-- Auditors

Hays Banking
-- Compliance Officers
-- Credit Risk Management
-- Bilingual Project Managers
-- Corporate Banking Relationship Managers
-- Asset Management Product Managers

Hays Human Resources - Public Sector
-- HR Business Partners
-- C&B Managers
-- HR Managers
-- Payroll Specialists

Hays Finance Technology
-- IT Planning and Business Continuity Planners (BCP)
-- IT Security
-- Application Support
-- Service Managers

Hays Information Technology
-- Business Analyst
-- Game Developers
-- SCM IT Project Managers
-- Web Designers
-- IT Consultants

Hays Insurance
-- Insurance Agents Sales Representative and Claim Adjusters
-- Bancassurance
-- Actuaries
-- Business Consultants
-- Credit Risk Management Specialists

Hays Legal
-- Legal Directors
-- Contract Managers
-- Project Associates
-- Legal Managers
-- Corporate M&A Associates (Japanese speakers)

Hays Life Sciences
-- Clinical Project Managers
-- Regulatory Affairs
-- Product Marketing
-- Medical Science Liaison Officers
-- Business Development

Hays Office Professionals
-- Executive Secretaries
-- Sales Administrators/Assistants
-- Translators
-- Legal Secretaries
-- General Administrators (Entry Level)

Hays Property
-- Head of Corporate Real Estate
-- Investment Managers
-- Facility Managers
-- Project Managers
-- Retail Store Developers

Hays Sales & Marketing
-- Telecom salespeople
-- Online Marketing
-- Product Marketing
-- Direct Salespeople
-- SMB Salespeople

Hays Supply Chain
-- Planning and Supply Chain Managers
-- Direct Purchasing
-- Indirect Procurement Specialists
-- Senior Managers and Directors

To find out why these candidates are in demand, go to www.hays.co.jp/en/report

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") is the largest foreign recruitment company in Japan and operates across the private sector, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays has been in Japan for more than a decade, and boasts a track record of success and growth.

Hays 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 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 7,800 staff operating from 245 offices across 33 countries.

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

Source: Hays

Keiko Asakura
Hays Japan
Marketing Manager
+81 3 3560 2813
[email protected]

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