Focus on cybersecurity, data analytics, and IT infrastructure to drive digital transformation.
COVID-19 has changed the way Japan views digital technology. Employees are work remotely and, traditional working styles are being forced to undergo dramatic changes that can be likened to crustal movements .
Japnese companies are focusing on improving the digital environment to respond to these changes, the need for adoption in the digital industry is increasing.
This tendency is especially noticeable in areas important for promoting digitalization in Japan.
Recruitment expert Richard Ardleigh, managing director of Hayes Japan cites three areas where ambitious recruitment will continue after the pandemic has converged:
- Data science and data analytics
- IT Infrastructure
Cybersecurity: Many companies are vulnerable to cyberattacks because of their rapid shift to digitization,” Ardleigh said, citing NTT DoCoMo’s cashless payment fraudulent charge issue as an example. I am. “Even Zoom, which is said to be the most successful in this pandemic, suffered from cyber security-related troubles. Japanese companies also became aware that ensuring system safety was important, and jobs in the cyber security field increased. Which led to the full-scale adoption by major cyber security companies.”
Currently, the most sought-after occupations are network engineers who protect corporate infrastructure from cyberattacks and cybersecurity consultants who advise on preparing and responding to potential threats. “Cybersecurity market competition is fierce, and many companies are willing to hire presales and sales engineers to enthusiastically acquire customers,” explains Ardleigh.
Data science and data analytics: “Many companies are leveraging technology to transform their business models in the wake of this crisis,” explains Ardleigh. “After the first wave of the pandemic, companies began to look for ways to continue their business while coexisting with the new Corona. In this process, to establish contact points with customers and develop their business optimally. Companies have realized that it is necessary to focus on the utilisation of data. This is the reason why the demand for data analysts and data scientists has increased.”
In addition, pandemic mobility restrictions have led to a boom in e- commerce, boosting the need for data-related jobs, Ardleigh said.
“Major e-commerce companies were hiring during the pandemic but hiring will continue. These companies are improving their services as their customer base is expanding. We are looking for a data-related job that can contribute to
IT Infrastructure: “There are various regulations in Japan, but companies were forced to respond promptly during this crisis. As a result, IT vendors and consulting that can provide advice and implementation support regarding infrastructure. Demand for companies has skyrocketed, “said Ardley. “In addition to highly specialized jobs such as cloud engineers and consultants, demand for help desk and desktop support jobs has also increased, partly because more companies have outsourced technical infrastructure.”
For many companies the ITinfrastructure sector will remain the centre of the recruitment market for the foreseeable future as it is still in the process of being digitised.
However, hiring in the above three areas will remain high, competition among job seekers is intensifying, Ardleigh warned.
“The number of job seekers is on the rise due to surplus personnel and anxiety about employment. In addition, Japanese living overseas are also looking to return to Japan, and competition will be fierce,” he said. “Candidates will change and innovate. To survive in this era, in addition to improving your technical skills, improve your bilingual communication skills and showcase your experience and adaptability. ”