March 20, 2017 4:30 am JST

Japanese software developer mines talent in Europe, Russia

Works Applications expands talent search in break with domestic industry

TOKYO -- Japanese software developer Works Applications is recruiting professionals in the artificial intelligence field from northern Europe and Russia in its quest to secure leading international talent.

Works Applications will hold informational sessions targeting students at 10 universities in the region. in  starting this summer. For 2017, the company is set to hire 11 people from Finland, Russia and Estonia. The count is slated to exceed 20 in 2018 and steadily increase in later years.

In Russia, Works Application will use social media to advertise the information sessions and send up the company's message. The developer also is looking at posting hiring notices online.

Japanese corporations usually seek AI professionals either at home or in the United States. It is rare for those companies to look to northern Europe or Russia. But 2.9% of Russian college graduates have data science degrees while Finland's portion stands at 2.6%, putting them in the upper ranks in that category.

Students from those countries also win top honors in international programming competitions, creating a desirable pool of tech experts.

Works Applications employed about 5,600 people at the end of June 2016 on a group basis, including about 5,000 engineers. Nearly 2,000 of them come from India, while Chinese and Singaporeans number almost 500 each. The Japanese company has recruited heavily from India's institutes of technology and China's Peking University.  

(Nikkei)

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