SThree Japan took part in Daijob GO Global Career Fair held in Otemachi Sankei Plaza on November 9th. Daijob, the organiser of the event, has been operating an online job board for English-Japanese bilingual candidates in Japan for 20 years and has gained nearly 54,000 registrants.
This career fair targeted bilingual candidates looking for mid-level positions. SThree Tokyo is very pleased to have an opportunity to participate in this career fair for the first time and have the chance to share about the job market in specific industries that impact Japan in various ways.
Who is SThree?
SThree is a UK-based international specialist staffing organisation within the STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with more than 40 offices across 15 countries around the world. Among 10 different brands under SThree, three of the brands operate in Japan - Computer Futures, Real Life Sciences and Huxley, specialising within markets in Technology, Life Sciences and Financial Services respectively.
With more than 30 years of experience across the globe, our Japan office is able to grow very quickly with tremendous success from only three employees in 2013 to more than 50 employees in five years. This success stems from the support our employees get and the expertise we have in the market.
SThree has an employee value proposition – a Career With No Limits – which means that you have complete control of your career and the freedom to progress in the way you would like in any of our offices globally (as long as there is a suitable opening). Beyond that, our new starters get to enjoy an unrivalled training and development programme, while experienced consultants have other development initiatives catered to them depending on their seniority levels. All our people get to enjoy highly-rewarding benefits and incentives regardless of your experience. Advocating a meritocracy approach, everyone gets an equal opportunity to grow and develop in the business. In addition, we promote diversity and inclusivity to ensure that we create opportunities for everyone irrespective of their background. We empower, support and provide the infrastructure for our people and managers to better identify their motivations, passions and individual strengths to help them progress in their career. This also includes supporting mothers at work who may need the flexibility or support when transitioning back to work after maternity.
What happened at the Fair
With 27 companies and 500 attendees, the venue was buzzing with energy. Our consultants managed to speak with many attendees and were able to consult them about their current job and career plans. Some of the major companies including AWS (Amazon Web Service), Softbank and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus operating under Daimler were amongst the participating companies who were actively having conversations with multiple candidates. Don Quijote, one of the biggest discount chains in Japan that recently attracted a large number of foreign tourists, and Monster Lab, a Japanese company that provides digital products across 12 of its offices all over the world were also actively engaging with the crowd.
In conjunction with the booth SThree had, Charles Breen, Associate Director of Huxley had the opportunity to deliver a message at the seminar which focuses on “expertise” to survive in the fast changing job-seeking market in Tokyo.
Starting off with how you can choose the specialisation you would like, Breen also covered how you can leverage self-learning and other training programmes as a means to enhance one’s expertise. We are very happy to receive great feedback from the audience after the talk and had an extremely engaging questions-and-answer session thereafter.
Japan’s Hiring Trend for Bilingual Talent
According to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the number of foreign workers in Japan has increased by five times since 2012 and is estimated to be 1.27 million as of October 2017. One of the major reasons contributing to this influx of foreign workers is the shortage of workforce in Japan due to its heavily aging society. The Japanese government had proposed a new system to provide special residential permission to foreign workers who specialise within the areas where it experiences severe labour shortage including construction and nursing. As the foreign population continues to increase, the demand for bilingual talent in Japan is also likely to follow.
Are you interested in a career that is able to impact Japan?
With the major industries that we cover – Technology, Life Science and Financial Services – SThree is able to grow and use our expertise to identify suitable niche talent that can transform businesses in Japan. We continue to experience immense growth with an annual growth rate of 250% and continue to actively hire consultants who wish to be part of this exciting journey.With a purpose to bring skilled people together to build the future, SThree uses our operating principles to guide us in our partnerships with our clients and candidates as well as with our people. Our operating principles are: Build Trust, Care then Act, Be Clear and Aim High.
If you are interested to find out more about a career with no limits at SThree, please contact Nako Horio, our Talent Acquisition Manager, via LinkedIn or email.Further information about a career at SThree is available with our Employee Value Proposition, available in both English and Japanese.
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