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COVID-19 spurs digital shift for companies in Asia

Japan's NEC aims for 5,000 tech experts, Singapore's OCBC hires over 3,000

NEC plans to raise the number of digital experts on its staff to 5,000, from 3,000 now, amid rising demand from clients for digital transformation advice in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

TOKYO -- As the novel coronavirus pandemic encourages businesses to move more of their operations online, Japanese and Singaporean companies are looking to beef up their digital talent.

Even before the outbreak, Japan had been struggling with a shortage of information technology experts, partly due to low wages in the industry. COVID-19 has forced businesses to work harder on the problem.

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