High number of job openings in IoT, AI, and robotics sectors. Active recruitment of management-level personnel and foreign nationals.
Despite some differences across the various sectors of the manufacturing industry, the number of job openings in the IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics sectors has remained high since 2018. Notwithstanding the decline in the global sales volume of the automobile industry and the temporarily depressed availability of jobs as a result of the ongoing US-China trade conflict, there has been an overall trend of recovery owing to technological progress, the expansion of the autonomous driving and EV (electric vehicles) markets, and rising demands in the course of achieving MaaS (Mobility as a Service).
As a common trend across the entire manufacturing industry, there have also been active efforts to go beyond the recruitment of bilingual employees in technical domains to hire foreign employees as well as foreign skilled professionals regardless of their Japanese proficiency. Due to steady capital flow from the favorable economic outlook, recruitment of management-level personnel regardless of occupation is also actively undertaken by foreign companies, Japanese SMEs, and venture companies that have acquired investment opportunities. There is also an increasing number of employees moving away from large companies regardless of their age as they are attracted to qualities such as having authority and discretion in performing their work, a higher speed of decision-making, and active involvement in the establishment of new businesses.
Acceleration of recruitment due to the growth of next-generation technology. Expected increase in the recruitment of engineers in the domain of IoT-associated services.
The manufacturing industry which is responsible for 20% of the gross domestic product (GDP) has embarked on a form of manufacturing that is entirely different from conventional methods such as traditional craftsmanship, with its leading companies embracing the introduction of industrial robots as well as the utilization of IoT and AI technology. This trend is also spreading to SMEs that form the core of Japan’s manufacturing industry and is expected to accelerate further as we approach 2020.
A variety of adaptive services that originated in the IT domain have extended their reach into the manufacturing industry, which is now well-equipped with 3D printing subscription businesses, affordable IoT tools that utilize computers and communication devices, and SME-oriented services developed by major companies. With the entire manufacturing industry gravitating towards IoT, more intensive recruitment of highly skilled engineers such as data engineers and R&D personnel who process massive amounts of data can be expected.
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