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As talent race heats up, Japan Inc. fattens pay for tech experts

One in three IT engineers enjoys pay increase of 10% or more after job change

Demand for experienced engineers, particularly in information technology, is surging in Japan, breaking down rigid employment practices.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A battle for skilled information technology workers is unfolding across a range of industries in Japan, spurring employers to go after experienced people at rival companies, particularly those in their mid-30s and older.

IT engineers are especially prized, often pocketing big pay raises after switching jobs.

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