Top 5 Jobs for Multi-Skilled Professionals in Japan in 2016

December 15, 20158:12 am909 views

With the rapid advancement of technologies in an increasingly globalised corporate world, employers’ hiring needs will be shifting to multi-skilled professionals in 2016, according to recruiting experts Hays.

In its latest findings from the 2015 Hays Global Skills Index, Hays reported that the “talent mismatch” score has worsened two consecutive years as businesses struggle to find the skilled individuals to fill vacancies – evidence of a mismatch occurring between the skills that job seekers have and those employers need.

“We’re seeing a trend where employers have a higher expectation for candidates to be equipped with multi skills,” says Marc Burrage, Managing Director of Hays in Japan. “Overall, business is picking up in the market with the Tokyo Olympics approaching in 5 years and companies realising it as an opportunity to seize the momentum to grow their businesses efficiently and effectively.”

According to Hays, this continuous change in the environment, with businesses entering new areas of the market, constantly providing unique services relevant to the ever-changing market demands and the need for more diversified workforce offers compelling reasons for organisations to hire multi-skilled talented professionals.

The multi-skilled professionals have the language and cross-cultural communication skills and proficiency for business management. “Job seekers should be ready to add value with good command of skills needed for running a business,” Marc added. “Companies will be keen to hire the right talent who has the business mind set with the capability of managing a diverse team.”

Top five jobs for 2016 in Japan that requires multi-skilled professionals to bridge the talent shortfall are:

  1. Data Scientists: Statistical knowledge x Computer science x Analytical skills x Marketing

Data scientists need to have highly sophisticated skills to utilise the big data collected from a business, maximizing their knowledge on statistics, computer science, and data analytics.  The analytical output of the big data will drive the steer of corporate activities.

Demand for Data Scientists is expected to continue in Japan and become stronger in 2016. While such professionals are in high demand, the talent pool in this area is scarce and a serious lack of candidates is expected to continue.

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  1. Bilingual lawyers with financial background: Law x Language skills x Finance

Due to the increasing cross-border M&A transactions, lawyers are now required to have not only legal knowledge but also language skills and a high proficiency in finance.

  1. FP&A: Finance & accountancy x business management accounting x Analytics

FP&As are specialists capable of compiling and analysing and organisation’s long-term financial strategy. There will be a strong demand for Accountancy and Finance professionals with the ability to advice on corporate strategy in MNC’s throughout all industries. There will be a severe battle to win qualified talents in 2016.

  1. Automotive engineers: Engineering x IT skills x Language skills x Inter-cultural communication skills x Management

As conventional manufacturers are accelerating technological innovation by adopting IT at their factories, the automotive industry will have a higher demand for talent with IT&T experience in addition to the mechanical knowledge that conventional engineers have.

Bilingual and communication skills will be prerequisites to managing projects in an increasingly global environment.

  1. Medical Science Liaisons: Medical x Language x Communication skills x Management ability

This is a role that will increase in demand with the growth of pharmaceutical MNCs in Japan.  Medical doctors who have a good command of English and Japanese, in addition to strong communication skills will be needed to effectively ‘sell’ products from a medical standpoint to both internal and external stakeholders. Such candidates are in short supply and will continue in 2016.

Also read: Bilingual Professionals in Japan Expect Pay Rise of At Least 10%

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