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The post-COVID 'Great Resignation' comes to Asia: Hays CEO

Trend shift in job markets create 'huge opportunity' for the agency

Mask-wearing commuters in Tokyo. Asia and the rest of the world have seen major shifts in job market trends since COVID-19, according to recruitment company Hays. (File photo by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Asia's workers have become much readier to quit their jobs and seek new opportunities since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to one of the world's largest recruitment companies.

"The Great Resignation has happened in Asia as well. We have seen a hot labor market there for over a year," Alistair Cox, CEO of Hays, told Nikkei Asia. He said more employees have been searching out attractive work environments with better wages and more flexibility.

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