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Trends by industry and job function and the key to success in mid-career recruitment in 2021 【IT, Telecommunication​】

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Posted by en world Japan

6 months ago

COVID-19 boosts corporate Digitization​

COVID-19 affected IT positions across all industries, but the impact was not as great as first thought. Rather, some organizations were rethinking how they would enhance IT to expand and improve their entire business. As many companies deploy telecommuting to protect their employees, converting old systems to the cloud has become an important challenge, and information security is becoming increasingly important for some companies. Other companies are in strong demand for the use of digital technology to increase customer touch and move to a more data-driven organization. ​


Recruitment of IT personnel is booming​

Many firms have a rather positive outlook in terms of hiring for IT in 2021. Some firms had to put a halt on their projects for 2020 and thus stopping their recruitment activity but some are showing signs of resuming with the projects and thus hiring as well. Further, the drive of hiring in IT with the stronger emphasis of many organizations on Digitalization hiring is apparent in 2020 and will continue into 2021. The challenge for organizations will be on how they will be able to attract these talents as the pool are quite limited. Thus, those firms with a strong story and fast recruitment processes will be able to capture top talent.​


Hiring from overseas is increasing due to the lack of high-level IT talent in Japan​

Talent demand will continue to increase for those job seekers that can communicate with the local stakeholders and work with global IT counterparts. However, the need for hiring non-native Japanese for these Project Manager/Business Analysis roles will continue to rise. Thus, we see more and more organizations being flexible in that regard. Shortage of local talents have also been prevalent in the more technical hands-on area and 2021 will certainly see continued growth in hiring engineers from outside of Japan.​


A strong story that attracts job seekers and a quick hiring process are the key points for successful hiring​

The competition is very fierce for acquiring talents in Japan market. Those firms that have a strong message that can capture the interest of the job seekers and invite them in to take a journey with them, will be key. ​
Companies need to make the job seekers excited about the company as well as the position and thus how this message is transmitted to the right targeted talent pool is also important. Further, the speed at which the job seekers experience the processes will also help to continue building a strong interest from the job seeker side.​


Building a strong partnership with recruitment agencies is also important for successful recruitment​

In addition to what has been stated before, it is important to partner with external hiring professionals such as recruitment agencies and to control the number of partners on the search. This will certainly allow for increased commitment from the agencies but also a stronger control on the quality and thus cutting down on the unnecessary screening tasks.​


The trend in the number of job orders and YoY comparison​
(IT, Telecommunication)



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