The trend was harsher for temp and seasonal workers under the COVID-19 pandemic
The corona pandemic has changed forever the way we hire and engage with other people. The outset of the 2020 brought high levels of anxiety and a real fear of another Lehman-level economic crisis. Our clients which had been hiring aggressively for the past five years suddenly halted their expansion plans and new permanent job orders fell to 80% of 2019 levels as early as February 2020. The trend was harsher for temp and seasonal workers with job orders falling to 41% of 2019 levels in May of 2020.
Continuous employee engagement and onboarding efforts are essential
The good news is that as we head into the new year, those numbers are increasing in both perm and temp in anticipation of the coming vaccine and the expectation that 2021 will again be a year of growth. Whist almost all companies are embracing (in most cases permanently) work from anywhere any time, social distancing fatigue is palpable, and companies will continue to struggle engaging their employees and indoctrinating newly hired staff.
Sustainability in 2021 will inevitably depend on the company’s continued efforts at remote on-boarding and intentional engagement until the vaccine becomes more readily available. Laser focus on talent development will be more important than ever for employee retention as the already competitive Tokyo recruitment landscape opens further to hiring in 2021.
The trend in the number of job orders and job seekers YoY comparison
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