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Understanding Job Seekers: An Analysis of the Talent Landscape in Japan

RGF’s annual Talent in Asia is a comprehensive analysis of broad industry and country hiring trends across 11 countries and markets in Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. This report is based on RGF-owned data compiled via a targeted survey completed in March 2020, which gathered responses from more than 4,600 employers and candidates across all markets and 10 industry sectors.

Due to the real-time nature of some of this data, RGF encourages readers to use its insights at their discretion.

 

Pay Rise When Switching Jobs in Japan

In Japan, the survey was categorized into two age segments: Gen Z & Y and Gen X & Baby Boomers.

According to the survey:

The last average pay rise when switching jobs was 44% for Gen Z and Gen Y.

The last average pay rise when switching jobs was 26% for Gen X and Baby Boomers.

The pay rise expectation when switching jobs was 35% for Gen Z and Gen Y

The pay rise expectation when switching jobs was 39% for Gen X and Baby Boomers

 

Work-Life Balance in Japan

The most important factors for work-life balance were flexible working hours for both segments, with 23% for Gen Z and Gen Y, and 25% for Gen X and Baby Boomers.

Other factors were:

Remote working (22% for Gen Z & Y; 25% for Gen X & Baby Boomers)

Compensation for working overtime (12% for Gen Z & Y)

Competitive annual leave entitlement (17% for Gen X & Baby Boomers)

 

Top 3 Reasons Why Employees Change Jobs in Japan

For Gen Z & Gen Y

28% of employees want to expand knowledge and skills

16% of employees want a higher position or more responsibilities

27% of employees want a salary increment

For Gen X & Baby Boomers

21% of employees want to expand knowledge and skills

19% of employeeswant a higher position and more responsibilities

17% of employees want a salary increment.

 

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Soft Skills & Self-Improvement in Japan

When asked what soft skills professionals in Japan considered to be the strongest, the surveyed professionals answered:

32% for adaptable & flexible

31% for problem-solving

26% for communication & presentation

26% for analytical & logical

24% for listening & understanding others’ perspectives

24% for strong learning ability

20% for accountability, responsibility & task-focused

 

When asked what soft skills employees need to improve on, the surveyed professionals answered:

40% for leadership capabilities

33% for strategic

29% for innovation & creativity

28% for communication & presentation

20% for analytical & logical

18% for decision-making

17% for initiative

 

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To download the full report, click here.