In Japan, the social and mobile gaming industries “are absolutely king right now”, Michael J Case, managing director of Tokyo-based recruiter Wahl & Case tells Recruiter.
He goes on to say: “We're experiencing unprecedented growth in this market in Japan; this kind of growth in domestic companies is a very recent phenomenon.”
Case says that this is not just confined to the Japanese economy, adding: “Consumer technology remains the brightest area in the global economy and the key area for us in Japanese recruitment – our subsidiary in San Francisco is also doing a lot in this space”. He also notes that the company is doing “brisk business across industries” in a number of back office roles across accounting & finance, HR, IT and legal.
Richard King, managing director of Michael Page International in Japan, agrees that recruitment demand for IT and technology professionals is “going well across most industry sectors”.
Michael Page also launched a health sciences division in Japan earlier this year. Investment banking has been a particularly difficult area over the last year, and King comments to Recruiter
: “Up until a couple of months ago recruitment in any area of investment banking in Japan was really tough.”
Elsewhere in the banking arena, King mentions strong off shoring to areas like Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippine capital of Manila.
- Both Case and King were speaking to Recruiter for the regular Global Spotlight piece, which this month visits Japan and can be found on p17 of the upcoming new edition of Recruiter, out next Friday, 17 August, and online here.