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Robert Walters - Demand for Asian Experience Continues

Robert Walters - Demand for Asian Experience Continues

Companies in Japan are demanding more regional experience from prospective job-seekers as firms shift support functions to other Asian countries according to the recently released 2013 Salary Survey by Robert Walters, one of the world's leading specialist professional recruitment consultancies.

The comprehensive 14th edition of the annual Global Salary Survey, reports that amidst difficult domestic market conditions, businesses are streamlining middle and back-office job functions and moving positions offshore to cost-effective locations such as Indonesia and Malaysia. This shift has prompted a rise in demand for professionals with South-East Asian business experience. In some cases, employers requested job-seekers with the ability to speak a third Asian language, such as Mandarin, Korean or Thai, in addition to Japanese and English.

Companies are also increasing their use of vendor firms for their middle and back-office. This trend increased demand for specialised workers based in Japan to coordinate vendors based overseas and manage regional projects. The technology sector was particularly affected because of the high costs with building in-house specialist teams and the rise in skilled workers outside of Japan.

Samuel Griffiths, IT Director at Robert Walters Japan comments: "Managing technology costs will remain a big theme for many companies in 2013. As such we expect salary averages will remain similar to 2012 levels.

In-demand professionals changing jobs are still receiving modest salary increases, however, in many cases these are extremely limited. The only exceptions will be in areas such as virtualisation, big data and SaaS with the shortage of qualified professionals expected to continue so we may see salary inflation for highly skilled professionals in those areas."

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